Thursday, December 8, 2011

Cranberry Relish

December is my favourite month of the year- in december both my hubby and I celebrate our birthdays as well as our weddnig anniversary – not to mention Christmas and New year...and of course, lots of pre christmas dinner parties... which means loads of good food and fun. For this one month, amongst all the partying, I normally forget all about calorie intake and simply indulge and enjoy.

So I thought, at least, I could indulge with something a little healthy (which has kind of become a synonym of my name, according to my best friend!), to compensate all the rich good food and keep a balance.

This week, when my hubby bought this box of cranberries, the moment I saw the box, it was very clear in my mind what I was gonna do with them. This recipe is very easy to make and tastes really awesome.

I had it with some rosemary and cheese crisps, while my hubby enjoyed it with papad / poppadams and it tastes good with Roti or bread.

The sourness of the cranberries, the flavours of all the spices and a slight sweet hint makes this relish an instant hit. We enjoyed this so much that my hubby already got another box of cranberries :-)


100 grams - cranberries, cut into half
1/8 tsp - fennel seeds (saunf)
a generous pinch of nigella seeds (kalonji)
3 tbsp - sunflower oil
1 - red whole chilli
1 tbsp - raisins
1/4 tsp - turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp - red chilli powder, more or less
1 tsp - coriander powder (dhaniya powder)
1/8 tsp - garam masala powder
1/4 tsp - mustard seed powder (peesi rai)
salt to taste
2 tbsp - water
a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)
2 - bayleaves
1 1/2 tsp - sugar, more or less

  1. In a bowl mix together the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt, garam masala powder, mustard seed powder with 2 tbsp of water and keep aside. 
  2. Heat oil in a non stick pan, add the fennel seeds, nigella seeds, hing and red whole chilli.
  3. Add the spice paste to the oil and saute for a minute on medium heat. 
  4. Add the cranberries, raisins and mix. Cover the lid and cook on medium heat until the cranberries are soft. 
  5. Add the sugar and cook again for half a minute.
  6. Remove from the heat and serve. The relish tastes good hot as well as cold. 



  1. c'est parfait et joliment présenté, bravo
    bonne journée

  2. My experiments with cranberries somehow miss the mark! :-) Your recipe tempts. BTW am wondering about the spoon featured in your post! :-)

  3. You won't believe I made a similar relish yesterday..will post soon.. The bright color of the relish is making my dull day brighter!

  4. Lovely colorful preparation...

  5. Sounds like such a fun month for you... :) Best wishes for your birthday and anniversary.
    Such lovely pictures in this post.

  6. Cranberry relish looks simply delicious and mouthwatering.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Nice color.. looks very delicious.. and ni9ce pics too!!

  8. Looks great!
    Is that spoon made out of sea shell?

  9. Looks yummy and awesome. would luv to have it

  10. Beautiful color and looks delectable!

  11. Yummy n mouthwatering...innovative too!!

  12. Super delectable relish, well done Rachana..

  13. Well a month to indulge all the goodness.... Like ur delectable picture and cranberry relish!

  14. Love this festive month too,delicious relish.

  15. wow awesome relish..i too started experimenting more on cranberries...this looks worth tryin...thnks for sharin dear...

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  16. sooooooooper yummy recipe rachana..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  17. Never made these Rachana. They look so colorful and tasty. The pics are Yummy!!!
    Wish you, your hubby Happy Birthdays and Happy Anniversary:)

  18. Looks delicious indeed, loved it and wonderful clicks..

  19. wow...this looks tempting and delicious...nice clicks too.

  20. very delicious relish...nice clicks

  21. Nice presentation, and sound so tempting!

  22. that relish looks so delish! :D

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  23. Soooo colourful and nouthwatering with perfect nd beautiful clicks..

  24. Haha yes balance is definitely the only way to deal with the holiday season eating indulgences. Would it really be balanced if I ate the whole bowl of this in one sitting? Cause that might happen. Looks delicious!

  25. First time your sapce with the awesome recipes & beautiful pictures........Following you now.

  26. Nice treat of pictures and post.

  27. Una verdadera delicia gourmet me encanta ,linda presentación y fotos muy bellas,abrazos y saludos.

  28. Uhh this looks yum and the photos are beautiful!


  29. cranberry is one of my favourites...yummy dish!!!lovely pics!!!

  30. Oh blast, they had fresh berries at the farmer's market today... I would die for this with papadams... I am crazy for them and often pop them in a bit of oil and eat them with chutney or preserves for a quick snack. Can't wait to try the recipe!!

  31. love it..that last pic is superb!

  32. super yummy n bright n colorful presentation!!!



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