December 13, 2014

Cranberry Puliyogare

Cranberry is one of those seasonal things that we love. In fact, a lot of people do not really know that cranberry is a sour sweetless fruit as they always associate it with cranberry juice, syrup and crainsins, all loaded with additional sugar. I never liked that cranberry, but the real fresh cranberry is a whole different story, it is awesome and can be used in so many different ways. This recipe is a South Indian classic called Puliyogare.

Puliyogare is a traditional dish and can be eaten at any time of the day :-). As the name suggests, it has a sour/tangy taste. This rice dish gets the sour taste from tamarind (and from lime in some parts). It is also a staple at most temples as a prasadam. This is the case in tbe US as well where most temples serve this dish and we have always look forward to it as part of the temple visits :-). 

Many of our traditional dishes call for sour ingredients like raw mango, tamarind, lime, cocum, etc. and cranberry is a great substitute for each of them. Being seasonal and packed with nutrients is an obvious bonus, along with the color it can bring to all dishes.

For puliyogare powder:


  • Horse gram - 3 Tbs
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilly - 3-4 
  • Asaphoetida - a pinch
  • Dry roast the ingredients one by one, cool down and grind them using a dry blender or coffee grinder.
For puliyogare:

  • Raw rice - 1 cup (I used Jasmine rice, but Basmati or other varieties work fine too)
  • Fresh cranberries - 1 cup
  • Sesame oil - 2 Tbs
  • Urud dal - 1 Tbs
  • Peanuts - 2 Tbs
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Red chilly - 1-2
  • Sea salt - as per taste 
  • Cook rice with 1 3/4 cups of water. Keep aside. 
  • Heat oil on medium heat and add mustard seeds, urud dal, peanuts and red chillies. 
  • Once the mustard seeds pop, and urud dal and peanuts golden, add curry leaves and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add cranberries and saute till cranberries pop and become soft. Add the puliyogare powder and salt, mix and mash well. Adjust seasonings and switch off.
  • Add the cooked rice and mix well. 
  • Serve warm. Enjoy!!


  1. Awesome replacement of puli with cranberries! I made it today and we all enjoyed it very much:)


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