This pesto has a bit of a twist, using cashew nuts, peanut butter, limes, chilli and coriander instead of your traditional pine nuts and basil and because I found myself with a lot of coriander in the garden and my lime tree laden with fruit, I decided to make this delicious coriander, lime and chilli pesto. This makes a lovely accompaniment to grilled chicken, fish or some simple veggies for a quick and easy dinner.

chilli and lime coriander pesto

Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: South African
  • 2 Cups Coriander, (Leaves and Stalks),
  • ½ Cup Salted Cashew Nuts
  • 3 Tbles Peanut Butter
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Flakes
  • 4 Tbles Lime Juice
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • Salt to Taste
  • ¼ Cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ Cup Water
  1. Blend all the ingredients besides the olive oil in a food processor.
  2. With the motor running, gradually add the oil in a thin, steady stream until well combined and a smooth paste forms. Add a bit of water to the mixture if it seems a bit too thick. You may not need all the water.
  3. Check the seasoning and add more if needed.
  4. Transfer to an airtight container and pour over a little extra oil to cover the pesto surface.