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Recipe for family meals :

Strawberry and Mango Puff

This recipe is published with the permission of Manju Malhi from her book 'Brit Spice'. Manju first made her mark on the BBC 2 'Food & Drink' show in 1999, beating hundreds of other competitors to secure a guest cookery slot. And she hasn't looked back. After the success of her 2001 TV series 'Simply Indian', she has now published her first book.

Manju's upbringing in the Indian community of Middlesex strongly influences her cooking style, yet she has given a modern twist to traditional methods to produce a 'Brit Indi' style of food. She has developed an unusual yet easy cuisine, simplifying complicated Indian dishes without the need for use of countless spices. Many of the recipes have their roots in recipes handed down from her mother.

Every dish in 'Brit Spice' is accessible, easy to follow and quick to make, using ingredients that are readily available nationwide. Her fresh approach makes Indian cookery a pleasure - not a daunting challenge - with consistently delicious results.

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"Crisp light pastry filed with rich, juicy fruit. This is so simple to make but it tastes heavenly".


350 g / 12 oz ready-made puff pastry
Knob of butter
1 tbsp caster sugar
200 g / 7 oz can mango slices, chopped
200 g / 7 oz strawberries, hulled, washed and halved
Pinch of grated nutmeg
1 egg, beaten

  • Preheat the oven to 200ºC / 400ºF / Gas Mark 6. Greas a baking sheet.
  • On a floured surface, ro;; out the pastry and cut it into two rectangles.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the sugar, mango, strawberries and nutmeg, then cook for 4 minutes.
  • Brush the edges of the two pastry rectangles with a litle water. Spoon the cooked fruit in the middle of each piece, the fold over the pastry. Seal the 3 sides by pressing down the edges. Brush the tops with some beaten egg.
  • Place them on the baking sheet, put them into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. They will puff up and turn a glossy golden brown. Serve hot with cream.

Serves 4

Manju Malhi
Recipe from Brit Spice

©Manju Malhi 2002