Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Relish

Cranberries are tart berries high in nutrients and anti oxidants.They play a vital role in reducing bacterial infection and stone formation in kidneys.They are majorly associated /a major part of Thanksgiving and other winter festivals celebrated in America.

Cranberry sauce is the simplest of all my sauces/dips .It is a sweet dip and can also be made into spicy.Usually I prefer craisins,or dried sweetened cranberries,but I had fresh cranberries and so I made a simple cranberry sauce and also turned into savoury portion as well.

Fresh Cranberries

Mix all the ingredients along with little water and bring to boil.Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes till cranberries burst and the sauce thickens or rather sauce consistency is reached.Mash a bit if needed.Cool.Store in a clean sterilized jar.

Now here I added honey to reduce the amount of sugar used and cinnamon for spicing this up.These two are optional.Also whatever other spice you want you can add. This can be used as a fruit dip or for cakes,crackers and muffins or as you wish.It can be taken as such also :D. Also you can keep on boiling it and mash it till all the water evaporates to obtain a preserve.

Cranberry Avocado Relish :
Add to cranberry sauce,chopped/mashed avocados,jalapenos/green chillies ,pepper, lime juice and other spices and seasonings.Serve as a variation to the normal cranberry sauce with/without tortilla chips.

You can also add whatever you want to this sauce.Even you can make the sauce in orange juice rather than water to obtain cran-orange relish.For a cheesy version,rather than cooking the sauce,puree the cranberries and sugar and mix with cream cheese and choice of items like nuts,spices etc.

After relishing the cranberry sauce on recipe Marathon Day #19, lets take a round of fellow bloggers:
1) DK 2) Srivalli 3) Ranji 4)PJ 5)Medha 6)Priya 7)Bhawna 8)Raaji 9)Ruchii 10)Anu 11)Kamala 12)Roopa 13)Divya Kudua 14)Rekha 15)Divya M 16)Lakshmi 17)Raaga 18)LakshmiVenkatesh 19) Sripriya 20)Viji 21)Kamalika 22)Pavani 23)Karuna 24)Roochi


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