‘Tis the season to mango it up, with these sweet, delicious and easy desserts!

Published: July 21, 2017

To this day, mango is seen as a symbol of good luck and prosperity. PHOTO: ARHAMA SIDDIQA

It’s that time of the year again when we find ourselves replacing wholesome meals with the indulgent sweetness of mangoes.

A delicious variety of LangraSindhriAnwar RatolChaunsaDesheriHimsager and Sammar Bahist, to name a few of the desi aams (mangoes) are readily available in Pakistan. These mangoes become a delicious addition at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In his book ‘The Last MughalWilliam Dalrymple quoted the following, defining our love affair with mangoes aptly.

“For Mirza Ghalib, the late evening was the time for indulging in mango related pleasures, especially the exquisitely small, sweet chaunsa mango, a taste he shared with many other discerning Delhiwallahs, past and present. At one gathering, a group of Dehliwallahs were discussing what qualities a good mango should have.

“In my view,” said Ghalib, “there are only two essential points about mangoes – they should be sweet, and they should be plentiful.”

One thing which made a particular summer semester stand out during my time at Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) was when my roommate used to cut out mango cups for me and both of us used to guzzle down the sweetness in an instant.

Cube it, slice it or simply bite off a bit, there is no end to how to consume this fruit.

Here are three quick mango dishes for everyone to try.

Mango biscuit trifle


Digestive biscuits – 200 grams

Mango jelly – 2 packets (prepared)

Mangoes – 2 cups (chopped)

Fresh cream – 400 grams (whipped)

For Custard:

Milk – 3 cups

Sugar – 4 tbsp

Corn flour – 2 tbsp

Mango essence – ½ tsp


1. Put milk, sugar, corn flour and mango essence together in a sauce pan and cook until thick.

2.Let it cool and fold in the cream.

3.Arrange biscuits in a serving bowl and spread one packet of cooked and chilled mango jelly over the biscuit base.

4.Spread the ½ of custard, mango pieces and remaining custard over this base/

5.Decorate this with the remaining mango jelly cubes, whipped cream and chopped mangoes.

6.Serve this chilled.

Mango mousse


Mangoes – 3

Caster sugar – ½ cup

Lemon juice – 2 tsp

Gelatin powder – 1 tbsp

Cream – 1 cup

Egg whites – 2


Chuck in all the ingredients in a blender and blend the mixture till it is smooth. Serve it chilled.

Mango cheesecake



Digestive biscuit – 100 grams (crushed)

Melted butter – 50 grams


Philadelphia cream cheese – 250 grams (softened)

Caster sugar – 100 grams

Lemon juice – 2 tbsp

Gelatine – 1 tbsp

Mango puree – 200 grams

Whipping cream – 200 grams


1.Combine the biscuit crumbs with butter and press into the base of a seven-inch loose based cake pan. Chill for 30 minutes.

2.Dissolve gelatine in lemon juice over a hot water bath.

3.Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add in the gelatine mixture and beat until it is well combined.

4.Beat in the mango puree.

5.Fold in the whipped cream and pour this over the prepared base.

6.Chill this till it sets and top it off with mango jelly.

Try making these delicious mango dishes before mango season ends.

All photos: Arhama Siddiqa

Arhama Siddiqa

Arhama Siddiqa

The author is a LUMS and University of Warwick Alumnus and is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI). She calls herself a bibliophile,a dreamer and an avid foodie. She also has a Instagram food blog: @chakhoous (www.instagram.com/chakhoous/) . She tweets @arhama_siddiqa (twitter.com/arhama_siddiqa)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Patwari

    Wow! There you are! Like a breath of fresh air. With these mouth watering,
    heavenly recipes.
    The photographs are a cut above. Out of this world. They look very appetizing.
    That’s half the job.
    Just found a new religion. Mango worship !
    By the way, had absolutely no idea there are so many mango varieties.
    Thought it was, basically, the big green one and the little yellow one. Both delicious.
    So did learn something new today. Which is besides the fact that a cousin owns
    mango plantations. But raises only two kinds. The big green and little yellow one.
    So now, can just relax, lay back and watch the Sharif Saga unfold. with mangoes
    in hand.
    Ooops ! Forgot ! This is Arhama’s food blogRecommend

  • Parvez

    My wife used to make scrumptious cheese cakes….but a mango cheese cake is a new one.
    You usually give fitting and funny names to your dishes ….so let me suggest ‘ Panama Pudding ‘ ……its the flavor of the season :-) I couldn’t resist that …..and yes Panama is a mango producing country but they are no match for ours.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    Thank you
    hahaah no please don’t stop on my account !
    When I make something I always search up any history if I can, Mangoes are indeed a revered fruit !Recommend

  • Hamsid

    haha I blame the heat I swear I tried to be creative, it just didn’t happen this time =/
    hahaha love the name! and yes i agreeRecommend

  • Fareed Khan Afridi

    Great recipes. Great pictures. Great blog.
    Keep up the good work.
    Have not posted a comment in ET in a raccoon’s age.Recommend

  • Patwari

    Pretty sure the good lady can tackle these culinary delights.
    With one hand tied behind her back. Perhaps with a little
    ‘fetch and carry’ help from you….ooops! You prefer to stay
    out of the kitchen ! My bad !Recommend

  • Patwari

    Nothing to worry about. You will get your ‘muse’ back.
    [meaning all artists have a muse which inspires them]
    Yep, you are a creative food artist. No doubt there.Recommend

  • Parvez

    I actually try and help around the kitchen ……. until my better half sweetly says ‘ You do know that whatever you’re trying to do, I’ll have to do it all-over again ‘……. so I play it safe and wash dishes that are relatively clean.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Definitely creative … she has thrown in William Dalrymple this time. Someone whose travel / history stories I like to read.
    Apparently his new book ‘ Kohinoor ‘ authored along with Anita Anand is supposed to be fascinating reading.
    Sorry Arhama this is a food blog …but you brought up Dalrymple.Recommend

  • Shameem

    Good recipes. easy to make.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    Haha thank you thank you *takes a bow*

  • Hamsid

    Thank you :)Recommend

  • Patwari

    Have heard of Dalrymple only recently in connection with this book.. Apparently there are 12 claimants to the Kohinoor.
    Could be Baby Bhutto and Ivanka Sharif has a claim on, too.
    Believe it or not, never heard of him as a writer. Could be perhaps, because he is well known in the Commonwealth,
    only, not outside.
    Just speculating here.
    Here comes the mantra,… ‘ this is Arhama’s food blog ‘.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Do read Dalrymple and although he is classified as a travel writer …… do keep an open mind.
    The beauty of Arhama’s blog is in its diversity.Recommend

  • Patwari

    Praying that if you have any family in Lahore, that
    they safe and well. Considering what happened
    there just a few days ago, a sick horrible tragedy.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    sorry was travelling so MIA,
    hahahah thats the safest approach but surprise cooking for her would be niceRecommend

  • Hamsid

    Amen , I was abroad when I heard its a sad tragedyRecommend

  • Hamsid

    hahah nooo dont apologise ever , I learn this way! , I need to read that book !Recommend

  • Hamsid

    no no I enjoy these discussions including the mantra as you call it promise ,Recommend

  • Hamsid

    thank you =) I try , but honestly comments make it worth it , I learn so much plus blogging is a sweet escape if I may use the phraseRecommend

  • Hamsid

    thank you =)Recommend

  • Parvez

    Surprise cooking …..Ha, ha ….you are persistent.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Do you know what makes your blog successful ?…..its your dedication to the task. Others don’t even bother to acknowledge a comment.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    I learn so much through these comments !
    for example ostrich egg cooking =pRecommend

  • Patwari

    Where/who is MIA?Recommend

  • Parvez

    Next time give us the recipe of a dish from the land of your travels ……. and tell us about your views on the place.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    The next blog will tell all hopefully , I was MIA hence the super late replies =pRecommend

  • Parvez

    I think she meant …missing in action.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    Oh next up is just that I just need to get the recipes rightRecommend

  • Masood Uttra

    Delicious! Thank you for this awesome recipe. :)Recommend