Friday, November 14, 2008

Spicy Cranberry chutney

Cranberry remains one of the indispensable ingredients to American holidays. Could you think a Thanksgiving menu without the cranberry sauce? The small red berry not only brings the bright red hue for holiday dinner table. The berry has a sharp tart flavor cannot be enjoyed right away :) unless, you are willing to enjoy the flavor!
The well know medicinal benefit, the cranberry juice keeps away from the urinal track infection and prevent oral infections. Some other studies are on the way to be proven yet, the benefit of anti-cancer- prevent formation of kidney stones, lower cholesterol, etc...
When buying the fresh cranberry, choose the deeper red color, ripen one has the most antioxidants, well we get in sealed packet as far I know in US, so choose ur most red berry packet!
Cranberry chutney is a chunky sauce served with turkey! But to balance the tart flavor, Sugar/honey are added so would be the basic sauce recipe.
The basic cranberry chutney has been modified to suit our taste buds. As we don’t eat the big bird on that day, this chutney can be transformed as an excellent Hors d’oeuvre without much labor work for this holiday season!

Spicy Cranberry chutney
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Ingredients:

Fresh Cranberry:
2 cups
Fresh Fresno Red chillies : 3 num or can use dry red chillies or even Red chilli powder (1 tsp)
Golden raisins: 3 tbsp
Brown sugar: 3 tbsp ( for very sweet chutney increase or if u try to reduce it is very tart and spicy)
Cumin powder: 1 tsp
Salt: 1tsp

Seasoning:
Olive oil: 1 tsp
Mustard seed: 1 tsp
Cumin seed: 1 tsp

Method:
Add some water in raisins and microwave few seconds.(just to plump the dry fruit)
Rinse the cranberry and chilli. Pulse slightly in a blender.
Heat the oil, add the mustard and cumin seeds. Once they sart to crack , add the pulsed cranberry and chilli mixture,brown sugar, salt & raisins. (If you want to serve with meat , add 1/2 cup of water)
Cook for 5 to 7 minutes in medium heat, sprinkle the cumin powder and switch off.
Let it cool before storing. The chutney can be prepared ahead and stored in fridge.
I would love the chutney to be served like this:


An Indian way of serving this chutney: for bread toast, idli, dosa, roti and even yum with curd rice.
The chutney will be going to these following events.
1. This traditional American Holiday chutney wouldn't be perfect for DK's event : AWED-American.
2. As Suganya allowed sugar for her Vegan ventures-round 2, I am sending this chutney.
3. The cooking time is just 7 to 8 minutes , the appetizer idea and chutney goes to Sunday snack-fix it hosted by Pallavi
4. Is there people celebrating without turkey a Thanksgiving, yes, of course look at this event Vegetarian Thanksgiving by Mansi
Have a great weekend!

44 comments:

Malar Gandhi said...

Awesome...love it. So innovative dear! Cranberries chutney!hmmmm mouth watering! The color looks so bold! I am rushing to the store....hope to find some cranberries....! Will let u know how it turned out dear.

Curry Leaf said...

Absolutely lovely Cham.Wonderful twist to the cranberries for thanksgiving.Lovely and also its 5-in -1.Lovely.I also love the new Look-very very Christmassy Cheers :) :D :)

srikars kitchen said...

Looks yummy & delicious... nice entry...

anudivya said...

Looks nice, the red is to die for.
I made a sweet version a few days back, never knew cranberry could be so yum!

Divya Vikram said...

That is so creative of you Cham..Lovely entry to all events.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

i have tasted raspberry pickle at a friend's place and i loved it... goes great with chapathis or curd rice. cranberry chutney's taste should be close to raspberry chutney i think. cool idea Cham. Nice photo.

Uma said...

wow, love this spicy chutney dear! Looks so colorful too.

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LG said...

The header looks very cute Cham, next is Chutney I just fell in love with its color :) good one! I have some dried cranberries with me, so I will try it soon. Btw dosakai pappu was too good. Do you want to send this purple spicy beauty to Sunshinemom's Purple in food event ;)

jayasree said...

The spicy chutney looks gorgeous.

Sunshinemom said...

What a beauty!! Cham, it isn't fair that you tempt me like this when you know I cannot reach:(

Lavi said...

Lovely Chutney Cham..

Rachel said...

I love the tartness of these berries...the colour is lovelier...I love that you served them on crackers...

sowmya said...

very nice recipe with lovely colour too..next time I buy cranberries, am going to try thi one...nice header...

n33ma said...

Wow this is so different.Love the color.A surprise for you in my blog:)

Srivalli said...

Cham..thats one beautiful bowl of chutney..picture looks delicious!

Happy cook said...

I jusqt made cranberry sauce last week , chuntney is something i have never done, it looks so yumm and really clever too.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

colour is very bright and nice! Cool recipe:)

DEESHA said...

lovely ... it is soo innovative cham .. never thought of making chutney with cranberry

Laavanya said...

What a pretty colour and the snap with the crackers is very tempting.

Laavanya said...

Oh! forgot to add.. I like the fall look you have going in your blog :)

DK said...

I made this sauce few days back...try topping it on a cheesecake - It will take your breath away. Will post my version too...

Thanks a bunch for sending this yummy cutney for AWED :)! It going right on top of my next cheesecake. Yum!

Soma said...

Just this morning I booked marked a cranberry chutney with spices in a book. Yours look much easier & more appropriate spice.
Bookmarked...

No turkey for me, but there willbe plenty of uses for this.

Priya said...

WOW very creative cham...looks delicious , eyecatching pics n tempting one..i have something for u pls check..http://priyaeasyntastyrecipes.blogspot.com/2008/11/360-foodie-award-n-yumyum-blog-award.html

Sagari said...

beautifulllll color cham

Suma Rajesh said...

Unique chutney ...looks superb..

Sujatha said...

Gorgeous looking chutney Cham! And your pic with crackers is toooo tempting :) And a good informative post...

Pearlsofeast said...

Cham u always try out something different.I love the way u have presented it.The bright red colour is very enticing.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi...
This is so cool. Chutney has a lovely color. Looks great. YUM!

Seena said...

wondering is this the same we get here? that sour fruit, we often make pickles! :)

G.Pavani said...

looks awesome ...nic colur

Mansi said...

Oh wow! that looks truly beautiful Cham! and I love the methi and olive oil addition:) lovely!!

thanks for sending in a delicious entry for the event!:)

Archy said...

Hey, Cham.. Spicy chutney with cranberry.. nice color.. shall try soon !!

meeso said...

In one of my cookbooks there was a recipe for a turkey cooked like tandoori chicken, and a cranberry chutney to go along for a different Thanksgiving dinner... I think it sounds so delicious! The chutney looks awesome!

Red Chillies said...

Very creative idea, Cham. I get the frozen ones, but they are so sour that I don't know what to do with them. Now I have a recipe :-))

Roopa said...

Cham that is a very tasty looking chutney, Cranberry gives a very bright color similar to mixed fruits jam:)

LG said...

You have few awards for you dear Cham

Swati said...

Awesome Cham!!

ANJALI J. said...

I too had made this latest year.. i am very fasinated with the color of the cranberries. I havent found them this year.
I just wanted to say Bye b4 i go on a long break.. Miss u..

Usha said...

Loved this chutney, very creative recipe....

Uma said...

I've been waiting for you with open doors! Where did you go? Bring this spicy chutney while coming, I will give you the sweet! Ha ha ha!

BTW, Love the fall colors on your blog.

raaji said...

I dont know hoe it tasted .i mean sweet or sour or spicy...but it looks good cham.....

Sudeshna said...

Hi Dear,
That Cranberry Chutney looks yummy, there is a little gift for you on my Awrads page , so check that out.

Ramya said...

Looks delish. Pls check out YAAT post at my blog!
I have something for you...

AnuSriram said...

Thats a great recipe! Never thought cranberries can be so spicy...