Homemade sweet lychee and hot chilli dipping sauce

25 Oct

Homemade sweet lychee and hot chilli dipping sauce

Always follow your gut instinct.

This week has been a revealing and pretty testing one. When I was made redundant just before I fell pregnant, it was pretty messily and insensitively handled and frankly, the writing had been on the wall for a while, just that I didn’t read the signals. It shook my confidence so then determinedly, I secured a role that on paper was more exciting, more strategic, more pay and well, just more. For some reason however, it just didn’t feel right. I held off from accepting the offer for two whole weeks and as I drove to work on my first day as a newly pregnant and formally dressed person, I wasn’t excited. I didn’t even feel neutral. I knew the difference between nervous apprehension and plain dread.

It turned out that my gut instinct was right. It was a mistake, but I was brave enough to put a stop to that interlude. However it was another factor that I let augment my self perception.

This week I spoke to so many people with emotive challenges I’m life. For some reason my shoulder is pretty attractive to secretly woeful people who carry themselves with a smile. I listened to a friend who has anxiety attacks at work, I’ve wiped the tears from friends who miss their children because they are busy being hamsters at work. I’ve held the hands of friends contemplating fertility treatments and encouraged my neighbour back into education as she has now raised her children. I also said no to a corporate role that would have sucked the life out of my life. I listened to my gut instinct. Nobody should actively or passively do things in life that they know will make them sad.

A the same time my husband has been away for work this week. I’ve had friends and family over this week back-to-back and I feel loved and blessed. How to thank them? There’s less money in my household now so I’m not taking each of them for dinner, but what I can do is put some quality and love into a thoughtful gift.

Christmas and Diwali are around the corner, why don’t you try these either for yourself or as gifts for loved ones. It’s so lovely to receive a gorgeous catch of something tasty that doesn’t perish in a day or two. My lychee and chilli dipping sauce is versatile and smells amazing. So far I’ve used it with chips and spring rolls and can’t with each mouthful I’ve thought, ‘I can’t believe I made this’ .

This dipping sauce carries an exotic aroma, has a zesty and hot kick and is cheekily sticky. Go on, if you like it hot and sweet…


Two tins of lychees
5 tbsp of caster sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
8-10 red finger chillies


1. Mince the chillies to a paste and keep them to a side.
2. Put the lychees int a food processor and blend them together to as smooth a consistency as possible, although it may be quite chunky don’t worry,
3. Pour the lychees into a non-stick pan together with the chilies and the sugar and bring the mixture to a simmer. Turn the heat to a medium flame and simmer for 15-20minutes until the juices have thickened.
4. Return the sauce to a food processor and blitz it until the lychee chunks have smoothed into the sauce.
5. Place the sauce back onto the hob and simmer for a further 5minutes until the sauce is thick and sticky.

Allow the sauce to cool before serving. If you aren’t serving it straight away then store it in an air tight, sterilised jar.

I am entering this made from scratch Homemade sweet lychee and hot chilli dipping sauce to Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays.

22 Responses to “Homemade sweet lychee and hot chilli dipping sauce”

  1. Selma's Table October 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    What a great idea Deena! I make something similar with sweet red peppers but this just takes it to another level. Will be making jars of these in December definitely!!

    Very insightful post too – life is too short to be spent doing something you hate even though sometimes it may feel as if there is no choice x

    • Deena Kakaya October 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Hi Selma, great to hear from you!

      Your sweet peppers idea sounds gorgeous, have you shared the recipe?

      Selma this dip is so good that I have been licking it off my fingers! It’s smells so enticing too 🙂 please do try it x

      Yes, I don’t want to look back at my life and thinking of years spent dreading my days. It may seem like we have no choice, but maybe some of us ( like me ) have to learn to let go and live. Xxx

      • Selma's Table October 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

        No I haven’t shared the recipe yet but I will do at some point soon! I’ve just spent 8 years in a job I love but the last 3 years utterly despising my boss who sapped the life out of me – didn’t think I could leave but I have and we are managing just fine! Onwards and upwards!!

        • Deena Kakaya October 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

          I will look forward to trying your recipe out when you share it.

          Very similar to me, I enjoyed 8 years with a company but when new leadership came in it become political, demoralising and I was redundant in a flash. Then I did a role whilst I was pregnant and was bullied by my female boss, so I left. Now, I’m considering new things and its scary but I am kid of looking forward to it! X

  2. Deb October 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    What a thoughtful post! It is so easy to lose focus and forget what is really important in life. Your gentle reminder was just what I needed to motivate me this morning! And yes, homemade holiday gifts are the best!

    • Deena Kakaya October 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Hi Deb, how are you? Hope your day is going from strength to strength!

      I enjoyed the smiles I got back when I handed these gifts out, I’ve got another one (which I can’t stop eating) this evening. I can’t wait to make the hampers up now! Xx

  3. Dipti October 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Hi Deena, I always love reading your blogs. This was very thought provoking & absolutely true!

    I love the sound of this dipping sauce, sounds simple to make too! Will definitely give it a go when I get some time. My 6 month baby seems to be taking up all of it right now! 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya October 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

      Hi Dipti, lovely to see a comment from you!

      It’s so hard to act on the things we know are true. I think for me it’s really important to let go; it’s ok not to be high achieving and obsessive. It’s important just to be happy in the moment and feel blessed.

      I think we, in our hearts know what the right thing is but we do what we think we should do, not what we want to. We let fear, ego, tradition, people get in the way. I hope to get better at being brave and listening to my heart.

      I look forward to you trying this recipe out, it’s so quick and easy to do. I has it simmering away whilst I made my little one his lunch…it didn’t need much effort to make this sauce and it smells as good as it tastes. Xx

  4. HELEN October 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    oh another one that sounds amazing – I love chilli dipping sauce!

    • Deena Kakaya October 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

      Hi Helen, that’s so kind of you thank you! This one smells as delicious as it tastes xx

  5. Vanesther November 5, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    I really can’t wait to have a go at making this sauce. My shelves are full of different chilli sauces but I’ve never tried making my own, and I love the idea of using lychees too. Thanks so much for entering into this month’s #TheSpiceTrail challenge!

    • Deena Kakaya November 5, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

      Hi Vanesther, thanks for your lovely comment. It smells as good as it tastes! It ms hot…xx

  6. Franglais Kitchen (@Franglaiscook) November 7, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    What. Lovely idea for a slightly diffent dipping sauce. Unique and delicious combination of flavours. I am sure your family and friends must love these food gifts made with love. X

    • Deena Kakaya November 7, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

      Hi Nazima, thank you for such a lovely comment!

      This one smells delicious and is great fun to make with all the aromas and juice. It’s gone down really well and I can’t wait to make more for Christmas. I hope that you’ll try it xx

  7. yumfranchise December 5, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Hi , This one smells as delicious as it tastes xx

  8. Sadia Mohamed December 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    Such a different idea. Wonderful!

    • Deena Kakaya December 21, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

      Thanks Sadia, I love this one and I hope that you’ll enjoy it too x


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