Neema - Scotch Bonnet Chilli Paste - 106g


When we first saw these little jars we thought they were a little on the small size, however the saying 'big things come in small packages' was clearly created for this range. These pack A LOT of flavour in to each spoonful and unlike watered down supermarket versions, one jar will go a long way (that said, I would suggest you take the opportunity to order a few jars!).



Scotch Bonnet chilli is best known for the unique flavour it brings to jerk dishes in Caribbean cuisine. But did you know that it’s also used to add flavour in many dishes and cuisines around the world including Central Africa? This chilli paste is made from our family recipe. The Scotch Bonnet chilli has been slow cooked in olive and rapeseed oil for hours with onions, garlic and spring onions to give it its beautiful flavours.


What does it taste like?

Scotch bonnet chilli has a sweet undertone so this paste taste fruity and fiery.  It’s a bit like tomato with a slight hint of apples and cherries. Blended with our spices, it has the perfect balance of heat and flavour.


How spicy is it?

Scotch Bonnet Chilli is not the hottest chilli in the world but it is hot! On the Scoville scale, it has a heat rating between 100,000 and 350,000. This is between 12 and 140 times hotter than a Jalepeno.


How do I use it?

You can use it to marinade all sorts of meat, fish and vegetable dishes. We recommend 1 teaspoon per serving. You don’t need a lot, a teaspoon makes a massive difference and will lift your meals with beautiful aromatic flavours. If you're daring, you can use it as a table sauce too!


How long does it last?

Once opened keep in the fridge for up to 6 weeks.


Recipe Ideas

Chilli Corn Carne

Meat Marinade

Jollof Rice

Neema - African Scotch Bonnet Chilli Paste - 106g

  • In 1976, my mum made this chilli sauce to take to boarding school because the food was horrible and she used it to add flavour to her meals.

    This chilli sauce has been in my family for 3 generations now and is our heritage. It encapsulates delicious central African cuisine where for centuries the food has remained traditional. It represents a story going back a thousand years involving Middle Eastern influences reflected in our Swahili culture.

    I have lived in London for almost 20 years now and noticed the lack of representation of African food in retail outlets. I sought to change this by introducing you to our family range of chilli sauces through our premium brand Neema.

    Neema is the Swahili word for Grace. It is my African name and means unmerited favour. Neema will transport you to the town of Kisangani in the Oriental Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo where traditional dishes are made using a range of beautifully blended spices to bring flavour to local dishes.

    Our sauces are packed with flavour! We've ensured that it is so by using only 100% natural ingredients. We've not comprised on quality so that we can have a sauce that is authentic, healthy and tasty. Our sauces are vegan too and have no added sugar so you can have peace of mind that you are getting some real nutrients in your body. 

    I hope you will come to enjoy our sauces like our many customers who have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Rose Yombo-Djema

    Founder & CEO 


  • As regular visitors to the store will be aware, we love artisan products that retain their heritage, and Rose really has produced a product that is authentic in every way. These sauces really pack a punch and I would suggest adding a little at a time. That said they are very addictive and, used with care, they lift everything they touch.