Lime Chilli Pasta Twist (& More)


I am developing a fetish for lime. And the surprising thing about it is that it is by no means a monogamous fruit – oh no, it’s naughty enough to mix with just about anything that wishes to stand by it.  Well, maybe not to that extent, but not far off.  Today I wanted to cross the boarders with my buds, I wanted to really be free with my culinary instinct, and you know, it never seems to let me down.  I cannot tell you how delicious this tastes truly, I cannot. So please trust me, just go make it.  If you thank me for nothing else, you will be pleased to know that this little heaven of a dish is sooooo easy to make it almost doesn’t deserve to taste so darn good !!!  But there you have it, from my kitchen to yours !

Serves 2 as a main course


around 8 plum ripe tomatoes (just remove the green top heads, but leave them whole)

4 to 5 cloves garlic

3 Tbsp (45 mL) olive oil

1 heaped Tbsp Indian lime pickle (a must) – I used Patak’s brand, that can be purchased in asian food stores, and also supermarkets

2 tsp molasses

a little Himalayan salt, or sea salt, to taste (it won’t need much as the pickle is salty already)

2 Tbsp tomato paste/puree

1 cup sweetcorn, drained if using tinned

lots of freshly chopped cilantro (coriander) for garnishing – another must

1 slice fresh lime, to squeeze prior to serving


  1. Process the garlic in a food processor until very finely chopped. Then add your tomatoes, one at a time, and process them, before adding your olive oil and Indian lime pickle.
  2. Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a large saucepan on a medium heat for about half a minute, then pour in your processed tomato mixture. Lower the heat, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Then add the tomato paste, and simmer for a further 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile cook your pasta (100g -125g per person, or more for a hungry appetite).
  5. Now add the sweetcorn, and after a couple of minutes taste it for salt and sweetness.
  6. Drain your pasta, rinse with cold water, shake well in a colander, and add it to the sauce.
  7. Garnish with cilantro/coriander, and sit back and enjoy !

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14 Responses to “Lime Chilli Pasta Twist (& More)”

  1. Denise Gabbard Says:

    Delicious, thanks for posting

  2. Miriam Says:

    Hi there Denise, welcome here and glad you enjoyed this ! Best wishes your way !

  3. Food Lovers International Says:

    Really now, this sounds amazing! I never knew lime could be so, flirty 😉
    Can’t wait to try it.

  4. Miriam Says:

    Hi there FLI Nina, thanks for dropping by here. I have to say that this worked on every level, and as it’s very easy to prepare I hope you try it out soon. Let me know how it goes if so, as and when. Best wishes your way !

  5. Michael (from Facebook) Says:

    Shared on Facebook! 🙂

    Something good for the winter – a warm, hearty dish with lime refreshment! Remember this at summer cookouts too! 🙂

  6. Miriam Says:

    Hi there Michael and thanks for dropping by here. I have to agree wholeheartedly with your comment and very aptly put. Best to you and once again thank you for sharing this recipe too !

  7. Lisa Says:

    My brother is vegan and I’m constantly looking for recipes for him. Glad to have found your site.

  8. Miriam Says:

    Hi there Lisa and thanks for dropping by here with your comment. As it happens many share my recipes, both vegans and non-vegans and all the in-betweens. Best wishes your way !

  9. Jimi Says:

    Wow, that was a wonderful dinner. I’m a very novice chef, but this was fun to make and tasted wonderful. Thank you for this recipe, others I’ve used, and the many yet to come!

  10. Miriam Says:

    Jimi Hi there and welcome here. I am delighted that you made and enjoyed this recipe of mine as well as others too – it is fun to make you’re right, and rewarding as a taste. I very much look forward to your future comments on my blog. Best wishes your way in the meantime !

  11. Astrid Says:

    Hi Miriam,
    I wish to join your new monthly newsletter.

    Best regards,

  12. Miriam Says:

    Astrid Hi there and welcome here. I have just added you to our new monthly newsletter due out some weeks from now (do bear with us as the response to it has been somewhat overwhelming) ! 🙂

  13. Frab Says:

    Easy! And a nice variation on the usual pasta/tomato taste. I’ll be making this again thank you.

  14. Miriam Says:

    Frab Hi there and welcome here. One can really only describe this pasta dish as quite unique and I am glad that you have implied as much as I agree with you. Hope you enjoy my other dishes too (I have an amazing salad where I work with the same culinary principal, ie the use of lime chilli as part of the dressing). Best wishes your way and I look forward to your future comments on my blog !

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