Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cranberry Thokku

A lot of left over cranberries from ThanksGiving....So i tried this southIndian version of fried pickle called Thokku...tried in the same way i try tomato Thokku ,but here there is no need of tamarind as the tartness of cranberry stands for it....


About Cranberry:

Cranberry juice is a major use of cranberries; it is usually either sweetened to make "cranberry juice cocktail" or blended with other fruit juices to reduce its natural severe tartness. Many cocktails, including the Cosmopolitan, are made with cranberry juice. At one teaspoon of sugar per ounce, cranberry juice cocktail is more highly sweetened than even soda drinks that have been linked to obesity.
Usually cranberries as fruit are cooked into a compote or jelly, known as cranberry sauce. Such preparations are traditionally served with roast turkey, as a staple of English Christmas dinners, and the Canadian and US holiday Thanksgiving. The berry is also used in baking (muffinssconescakes and breads). In baking it is often combined with orange or orange zest. Less commonly, innovative cooks use cranberries to add tartness to savory dishes such as soups and stews.
Fresh cranberries can be frozen at home, and will keep up to nine months; they can be used directly in recipes without thawing.
Cranberry wine is made in some of the cranberry-growing regions of the United States and Canada from either whole cranberries, cranberry juice or cranberry juice concentrate.

Raw cranberries have moderate levels of Vitamin Cdietary fiber and the essential dietary mineralmanganese,as well as a balanced profile of other essential micronutrients in minor amounts.
There is potential benefit of cranberry juice consumption (300 mL of cranberry juice per day) against bacterial infections in the urinary system. Laboratory research shows that a possible effect may occur from a component of the juice inhibiting bacterial attachment to the bladder and urethra.

Ingredients:

Cranberries - 3 cups / 1 lb
Chilly Pd coarse one  -  2 tsp
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Hing/Asafoetida -   a pinch
Salt -1 to 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Gingely Oil - 2 tbsp
Curry Leaf - 1 sprig(optional)


Method:


1.Soak Cranberry in water to remove any dirt particles and clean it in water two or three times.



2.Take a Kadai and add oil,


3.To check if oil is hot or not add few mustard seeds in it,if it starts to splutter add the remaining mustard seeds.


4.Add Curry leaf once mustard seeds splutter.


5.Add Hing Powder
6.Then add the cranberries to it.

7.Add Turmeric pd ,Chilly pd, Salt to this.

8.Now saute them very well.The cranberry will start to break and become soft.


9.Now keep on sauteing until till all the masala is cooked properly and raw smell is gone.
 10.Keep on sauteing until u get a consistency like below,Cranberry thokku is ready!!!

Have it with curd rice or as a side dish for any rice varieties.




Yummy ,Healthy,Tangy Cranberry Thokku is ready.........


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