I happen to see Cranberries in my locality supermarket. Before buying them, I had an impression that they are very sweet like cherries or strawberries. One of my close friend bought cranberries and When she tasted a single cranberry, she told me it tasted sour and bitter, then I thought of buying cranberries and doing some spicy dish out of it and tried out chutney. The taste of Cranberry Chutney is amazing and it goes very well with Dosa, Idli etc

Cranberry Chutney
Cranberry Chutney

Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time 10 mins
Servings2 persons


Cranberries1 cup / 200gms
Green Chillies3
Chopped Ginger1 teaspoon
Chopped Coriander Leaves1/4 Cup
SaltTo Taste
Oil1 teaspoon
Mustard Seeds1/2 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds1/2 teaspoon

Cranberry Chutney
Cranberry Chutney

  1. Soak and wash the cranberries in water. Heat a pan and add oil and when the oil is hot, add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add cumin seeds 

  2. Then add green chillies and ginger and saute them for 10 seconds. Then add cranberries and add salt and keep the flame low 

  3. Finally add chopped coriander leaves and and allow the cranberries to cook completely and becomes mushy and remove from flame. Allow the contents to cool off and then grind it to a nice paste. Season the chutney with mustard seeds

  4. Serve the yummy spicy Cranberry Chutney with Dosa / Idli
  5. Cranberry Chutney
    Cranberry Chutney

Tips from Padmaja Sastri, fan of Subbu's Kitchen :

"my mother has been making this chutney for the past 40 years, since coming to the US. She fries mustard seeds, asafetida, and curry leaves, and then adds the cranberries with red chili powder, salt and turmeric. We cook this for a 1-2 hours on low heat, and let all of the water evaporate, and cranberries cook. This makes a thokku, which can be stored for a long period in the fridge. We don't grind this chutney. My mom and her generation were such innovative cooks, coming to the US in the 1970's when we had limited ingredients, but turning out such tasty treats."

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  1. Hello mami, nice chutney! Like to know where we can we get cranberries in Chennai?

  2. hi ,good one. i also tried some chutneys and even dal with cranberries link here : http://healthy-transition.blogspot.com/2013/12/cranberry-coconut-chutney.html

  3. Hi Aunty,

    Today I have tried this recipe, it was sour in taste, unable to eat with that sour taste.
    please let me know where I did mistake and also please help me in making the receipe better.
    previously I have tried ur spring onion sambhar and bitter gourd kaara kuzhambu both came out well. Thanks for sharing the recipe:)