London: Actress Joanna Lumley has taken to her Asian culinary skills to support Gurkhas—she has helped create chutney for sale in London.
Food company Sharwood’s enlisted her to help develop the limited edition Mango Chutney with Kashmiri Chilli – an ingredient from her birthplace.
She will launch the product at the Harvey Nichols department store in London today before it is introduced to supermarkets in September.
Sharwood’s will donate 10p from each jar sold to the Gurkha Welfare Trust, of which Joanna is vice-patron and which cares for ex-Gurkhas and their families.
“I have been addicted to hot spices since my childhood,” the Daily Express quoted the TV star as saying.
“The Sharwood’s chefs have helped realise my dream of creating a flavoured chutney with chilli from Kashmir, where I was born,” she added.
“We wanted a true British icon to complement our much-loved heritage brand. Joanna’s experiences in the East have had an influence on her adventurous palette so she appreciates Asian flavours. This proved invaluable as we worked on the recipe,” said Sharwood’s chef Munish Manocha.
Katherine Ayres, of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, said: “We would like to thank both Joanna and Sharwood’s.”