Cranberries are in season now and we all loved it when I prepared the Cranberry Dal. That led me into thinking that the tartness in the cranberries could be used in pulihora as well. When I asked S (cos he is a great critic of mine!) if he liked the idea, he said he was game to try it out! And so here I am blogging about this fantastic blend of an American fruit in a traditional South Indian Dish!! We couldn't be happier with the resultant rice. But I felt that I should have added a few more cranberries or reduced the rice a little bit as the tartness wasn't enough for my taste so I squeezed a little lemon juice in my plate.

Ingredients - 

Brown Basmati Rice 2 cups (Any rice should be fine)
Cranberries 1 cup
Green Chillies 3-4
Roasted Fenugreek Powder couple pinches
Coconut powder 1 tsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Roasted Sesame seed power 1 Tbsp
Salt as needed
Sugar/Jaggery 1 tsp (Or as needed)
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Peanuts handful, Red Chillies 1-2, Curry leaves 5-6,  Hing couple pinches)

Method Of Preparation - 

Cook rice as per preference. (I just cook it in my electric rice cooker). Spread the cooked rice in a wide mixing bowl allowing it to cool a little. 

In a sauce pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning. After the mustard seeds start to crackle and the dals are brown, add green chilies sliced lengthwise and washed cranberries.

After about 5-6 min the cranberries tend to become mushy and thats when is the right time time to add salt, sugar, roasted sesame seed powder, roasted fenugreek powder, coconut powder and turmeric.

Switch off the flame and mix it into the rice in the mixing bowl.

Adjust the taste if required and serve.

Linking it to 'Anyone Can Cook' hosted by Umm Mymoonah.

Preparation Time 15 min (If rice is ready!)
Serves 3 -4 Adults
Posted by Harini on Wednesday, December 22, 2010


  1. wow...looks amazing..lovely color

  2. Ms.Chitchat Says:
  3. That was one of the most innovative rice I have come across and full marks to u :):)

  4. Kurinji Says:
  5. Innovative and interesting recipe...

  6. very unique---kudos !

  7. Very innovative dish..

  8. Priya Suresh Says:
  9. Very unique and super delicious pulihora..

  10. Akila Says:
  11. wow so lovely pulihora dear... my mouth is watering here....

  12. Umm Mymoonah Says:
  13. That's really very healthy and delicious, thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook.

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