Monday, November 23, 2009

Cranberry Chutney or Sauce - Part 2 also an Update for previous post

Update on Pineapple upside down Cake : Finally I managed to upload the pics, and also I realized that I didn't took the picture of whole cake, I told you, I love this cake so much that only thing I can think of, while sitting in front of this cake is EATING IT. But I surely got some pictures of the whole process, though they are not very clear, but I wanted to share with you all. Also one more thing DH thinks I used too much sugar for caramel but to me it was perfect specially when eaten with whip cream(point to be noted I made that cake for me, after a long time), so I guess sugar for caramel can be further reduced to 3 tblsp. One more thing I wanted to add for vegan version soy butter can be used instead of regular one.
Now let's come to today's post Cranberry chutney/sauce/salsa or whatever you like to call it.
This is my second cranberry chutney, I think it's more like salsa. As I wrote in my previous post the first chutney I made was good but had lot of sugar b'coz of sourness of berries, so I came up with this more healthy option by adding 2 apples to it(so I can eat as much as I want, without any guilty). Apples I used were quite sweet, so try to use sweet varieties, that way you can cut the sugar out of this recipe.Now, little bit on health benefits of these berries(this info is collected from web), some common ones are :

1) treating UTI(urinary tract infections)
2)reduction of Dental Plague
3)anti-cancer activity
4)reducing the risk of heart disease
5)preventing the development of kidney stones
6) provide relief for asthma patients

Now the recipe.

Ingredients :
  • half med. size onion chopped
  • 2 apples peeled & chopped( i used red delicious)
  • 1/2 lb. fresh cranberries(that's half bag)
  • 1 tblsp. sugar
  • salt as per taste
  • black pepper as per taste(optional)
  • red chilli powder 1 tsp.(can be left out if making for kids)
  • garam masala 1 tsp.
  • ginger 2 tblsp. freshly grated
  • water/apple juice 4 oz. or more
  • little oil

Method :

Heat little oil in a heavy bottom pan, saute onions for 2 min. or so then add rest of the ingredients. At this point only add 4 oz. of water. Mix everything together, cover & let it cook on med. for around 15 min., stir in between.

Add more water according to the consistency you like, I kept this one little loose like salsa kind. Once the apple & cranberries are cooked(they'll be mushy) it's done.

Serve it with with your choice of bread, roti, rice, as chips dip or as a sauce for grilled meat or seafood. I enjoyed it eating just like that, with nothing.So, go and grab these fresh berries before they disappear from store shelfs. As for me, I'm gonna make little extra this time & try to freeze it for later use.

It's very healthy for kids also, with only 1 tblsp. of sugar, which infact can be replaced by honey also. Kids will surely like this fruit sauce, tangy & sweet. I would like to send this recipe to :

1) Radhika & Sudeshna's Food for 7 Stages of Life - Kids(4-14 yrs.) .

2) Yasmeen's Helath Nut Challenge 3 : Healing foods .

3) Sharmi's CFK- Veggies & Fruits.

4) On Sanghi's suggestion I'm sending this cranberry chutney as well as Pineapple upside down cake for her FIL-Fruits event. I'm dedicating the cake to my DD as I love to bake for her, she love cakes and specially after eating this one she said this is the most tasty & soft vanilla cake she ever ate. And as far the cranberry chutney is concerned I dedicate it to my Mom who's the inspiration behind my cooking.


Yasmeen said...

That pineapple cake is a keeper,turned out just perfect.Thanks for the chutney recipe,I'm all crazy for crans. this season :D

Sanghi said...

Cake was superb, cranberry chutney looks delicious too! If you wish send these both to my FIL-Fruits event dear!;)

notyet100 said...

yummy this looks, for me,..;-)

Sushma Mallya said...

Pic is really nice,will surely try this soon...

Red Chillies said...

Agree, this is much more healthy and hardly any guilt while eating this. I liked the idea of adding apples to give it sweetness.

sowmya.s said...

cake looks delicious..Have to try the chutney once...looks so yumm,,

sangeeta said...

yummy cake and the chutny is really a healthy version...

Siddhi Shirsat said...

hey ur cake luks yummy...i was waiting for its pics:-))

Malar Gandhi said...

hmmm, cake looks yumm. Cranberry chutney is best dip' for sour food lovers, like me:)

Spice said...

Thankx girls.