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Feb 20, 2014

Cranberry Rice / Spicy Cranberry Rice

Cranberries are normally considered too sharp to be eaten plain and raw, as they are not only sour but bitter as well. But Me and V love fresh cranberries with salt and chilli powder, like how we eat raw mango. The sour and mild sweet Cranberries tastes so good with chilli and salt. Whenever i buy fresh cranberries i make Instant Cranberry pickle or simply end up eating it raw. This time for a change tried this Cranberry Rice using fresh cranberries, since we love savory stuffs with Cranberries than the sweet based or drinks. Also the savory and spicy preparation of Cranberries tastes similar to Mango recipes. So i tried this rice similar to Raw Mango Rice with the addition of onions. The end result was so yummy, tangy and spicy rice. We loved it a lot. If you haven't tried any savory recipes with Cranberries then give it a try, you will definitely love it. Still having some fresh Cranberries and decided to try some sweet or dessert with it. Now off to the recipe...

Preparation Time :  15 minutes
Cooking Time : 10 minutes
Serves   2
  1. Cooked Rice    1 and 1/2 cups (i used Basmati Rice)
  2. Fresh Cranberries,chopped    1/2 cup or more
  3. Onion   1 medium (finely chopped)
  4. Ginger    1 tsp (finely chopped)
  5. Green Chilli   4 no.s(slit open)
  6. Salt    to taste
To Temper
  1. Sesame Oil     2-3 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds    1/4 tsp
  3. Urad Dal   1 tsp
  4. Chana Dal    1tsp
  5. Curry Leaves     1 sprig
Cranberry Rice
Cranberry Rice
  • Cook rice and spread it a plate and allow to cool.
  • Wash and Chop cranberries, onion, ginger and keep everything ready.
  • Now Heat oil in a pan, when it gets heated add mustard seeds and wait till it splutter, then add add channa dal and urad dal and fry till light golden brown.
  • Then add ginger, green chilli, curry leaves and stir fry well and add onions and saute till it turns light brown or translucent.
  • After that add cranberries, sprinkle little salt stir well and sprinkle very little water and close it with a lid and cook in medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • And then open the lid and saute well, the cranberries turns mushy and cooked.
  • Now add the rice, enough salt and combine well.
  • Stir fry the rice in medium heat for a minute and remove from the stove.
  • That's it..Tangy and yummy Cranberry Rice ready. I served with Cabbage Stir Fry and Kara Boondi.
Cranberry Rice
To wash Cranberries - In a wide bowl add cranberries and fill with warm water and sprinkle some sea salt, let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then wash thoroughly to remove any wax and dirt.
Try to remove the tiny seeds from the fruit or after chopping put it in a bowl of water and strain and use.
I used sesame oil to balance the tartness but you can also use any cooking oil.
You can also add 1/4-1/2 tsp sugar to cranberries and saute.
Make it little add chillies accordingly.


  1. wow i just love that cute bowl sangee..rice looks perfect but was it not sweet?

    1. was not sweet..tastes similar to Raw Mango Rice :)

  2. It got a nice pink color to the rice ...I ususally eat dried cranberries ..Next time i will hunt for the fresh ones to try this rice ..Wonderful

  3. Looks delicious Sangeeta, I have made this a couple of times when staying in the US, now no cranberries here..

  4. yummy rice dear...i love cranberry juice...

  5. Awesome delicious and colorful looking cranberry rice. Lovely pics.

  6. the rice looks so delcious with that pink color ...

  7. Rice looks so interesting and delicious.. Planning to make it tommoro.. Will let you know how it turns out.. :)

    1. Tried your cranberry rice today.. Loved the color and the taste.. :)

    2. That's so quick and thanks for your prompt feedback. Happy that you liked it too :)

  8. Very tempting clicks ........... Looks so yummy!

  9. Rice looks so colorful..perfect for lunch box too...

  10. Yummy n very innovative rice.. R I using fresh cranberries or dried ones??

  11. lovely bowl n lovely color the rice has got.Wish i could get cranberry in India..

  12. Such an interesting rice recipe dear :) love the hues on the rice so pretty

  13. I usually grind the berries for rice, yours looks yum.

  14. Cranberry rice looks very very yummy aks..nice clicks... I never tasted it...but inviting...

  15. sounds very interesting,love the colour n perfect lunch box recipe!!

  16. Wow cranberry rice nice.It looks very colourful.I was really inpressed by ur pics.Nice work dear.

  17. Looks very delicious and colorful..

  18. Cranberry rice looks yummy,. I also make thokku wth it!


  19. OMG how can you think so innovative ...different variety rice..Looks colorful


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