A match made in heaven – British Strawberries and Pakistani Honey mangoes

By Sumayya Usmani •

Although the British summer may not be living up to expectations as far as the weather, we can still make the most of summer time fruit such as British strawberries. New Great British Chefs guest blogger, Sumayya Usmani better known as the Pukka Paki, shares a match made in heaven - strawberries & mangoes with a delicious saffron cream.

Blog post & photography by Sumayya Jamil aka Pukka Paki  

While I was growing up in Pakistan, a million of miles away from Centre Court, the buzz of Wimbledon always got us into a real summer sporty spirit. I myself was never crazy about watching the game until I watched Boris Becker win live in 1989 – being there and feeling the energy is indescribable. I won’t say that I remained very interested in the game since, but I can appreciate the sense of excitement Wimbledon brings to each year. 

From a foodie front, the season brings the best of summer fruits despite the dismal weather, and nothing is more quintessential than strawberries in the summer time.

Hailing from Pakistan how can I not mention the wonderfully fragrant Pakistani Honey mangoes that have now arrived to these shores in their full sweet glory, so I could not resist creating a match (forgive the pun) made in heaven,  creating a decadent fruit salad using the two which is topped with a rich saffron cream with pistachios. You might not see Pakistan winning Wimbledon anytime soon, maybe just leave them to cricket – but this combination of British strawberries and Pakistani mangoes is one winning team.

Makes up to 2-3 servings


1 large ripe Pakistani Honey Mango, peeled and diced

1 small punnet of British strawberries, hulled and cut into slices


For the cream topping:

250ml thick double cream

1 large pinch of saffron, soaked in a tsp of hot water for up to 30 minutes

1 tbsp crushed pistachios

½ tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp icing sugar


1.     Make the cream topping by combine all the ingredients above (except pistachios) and set aside in fridge.

2.     Chop fruit to desired size. To serve top the fruit with the saffron cream and sprinkle with crushed pistachios.

Blog post & photography by Sumayya Jamil aka Pukka Paki 

There's a range of  delightful strawberry recipes on Great British Chefs website, featuring many delicious pairings with this summer time fruit. Which other fruit do you think make perfect partners for strawberries? Let us know over on Great British Chefs Facebook page.


Sumayya Usmani

Sumayya Usmani is a London-based food writer and cookery teacher who specialises in Pakistani cuisine. She contributes to many UK-based food magazines and is currently writing a memoir-style cookbook on Pakistani cuisine, called Summers Under the Tamarind Tree, to be published in Spring 2016. Sumayya also hosts cookery classes at Sophie Grigsons’ Cook School, Oxford and Divertimenti Cookery School, London. Her website is www.mytamarindkitchen.com - @MyTamarindKtchn

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