Cashing In On The Cran Craze – Fresh Cranberry-onion Chutney

It calls for a churlish smacking of the lips, for licking the last traces off the ladle when no one is looking. It explodes on the tongue in volcanic intensity – a volley of sweet, spicy and sour flavors coalescing cordially, a flare of textures, right from the fleshy girth of garlic to the globs of mustard in the habitual Tadka, a blending in of lighter oniony pinks with the convivial crimson of the season’s best cranberries. When you’ve served the last drops of your cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving over a batch of leftover stuffing casserole and are still left with about a cup’s worth of the superfruit, toss it the Tadka way with a slew of seasonings, grind into a luscious mush and gloss your standard toasts with it, among other things.

Cranberry-onion Chutney

(Makes 1 Cup)

2 Teaspoons oil, divided

2 Teaspoons black gram/urad dal

1 Teaspoon mustard seeds

Pinch of asafoetida

2 Thai/green chillies, sliced

2 Dried red chillies, broken into pieces

2 Cloves garlic, chopped

2 Onions, chopped

1 Cup fresh cranberries

Salt and sugar to taste

Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a saucepan. Add the urad dal, mustard seeds, asafoetida and chillies. Stir and cook untill the dal is golden. Set aside to cool.

In the same saucepan heat the remaining teaspoon of oil. Add the garlic, onions and salt, and fry on medium heat until the onions soften and start to brown. Add the cranberries. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the berries pop and turn mushy. Cool the mixture slightly and then grind it, along with the dal mixture to a paste.

Taste and add salt and sugar, as needed. Garnish with crushed chillies or add a tadka of  mustard seeds popped in oil.

In the spirit of the season, we’re sending a little container of our Cranberry-onion Chutney to -

 Hearth and Soul blog hop at Zesty South Indian Kitchen

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13 Responses to Cashing In On The Cran Craze – Fresh Cranberry-onion Chutney

  1. Manju says:

    onions and cranberries! sounds like a great combo for this indian style chutney! Gotta make this and see how it is..now, i am curious :)

  2. rita says:

    this chutney combo sounds good.

  3. Spandana says:

    Chutney looks soo good. Love the color!! and I love the basket too :)

  4. Puja says:

    Just picked a bag of cranberries from the farmer’s market yesterday as they look so fresh n pretty. I had no idea what to make with them so thanks a lot for posting this :)
    Lovely shots!
    USMasala

  5. i have a bunch of cranbs sitting in the fridge too,, made chutneys, jams, compotes, quick breads, pancakes.. and now this savory chutney is for sure getting made!

  6. Kalyan says:

    Just mouthwatering…looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  7. Alea Milham says:

    What a great take on cranberries! I love the idea of using them in a savory chutney. Thank you for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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