Cranberry Thokku/Pachadi

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Cranberry Thokku/Pachadi

My latest love for cranberries has allowed me to experiment using them in different Indian recipes and cranberry thokku or pachadi is one such recipe. Cranberries pairs well with garlic, sesame seeds and other spices to make this a spicy thokku/pachadi.  After trying with Cranberry rice and Cranberry vadu, this vibrant red thokku/pachadi  was a great hit at our home. 
An Andhra preparation, cranberry thokku/pachadi goes well with rice, chappati, idli or dosai. Like any other pickle, it is a great combination with Thayir Sadham/curd rice or mix in with hot steaming rice. 

List of ingredients: 
  1. 1 cup cranberries
  2. 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  3. ½ teaspoon turmeric
  4. ½ teaspoon salt
  5. 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  6. 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  7.  ½ teaspoon jaggery
  8. 2 tablespoons Idhayam sesame oil/gingely oil.
  1. Dry roast sesame seeds in a pan until they pop. Cool and powder in a mixture. Do not add water.
  2. Heat oil in a pan/kadai. When hot add garlic and immediately add the cranberries. Saute until they turn to get soft( be careful not to get them too soft or mushy ). Approximately 3 to 4 minutes
  3. Add the turmeric, salt and chilli powders. Mix well and turn off heat. 
  4. Mix in the sesame powder and jaggery. 
  5. Let cool and store in a dry, clean glass container with a tight lid.

    Serve with rice, chappati, idli or dosai. Relish this Thokku/Pachadi mixed with hot steaming rice or  Curd Rice.  
Tips: Use nice red cranberries.  Typically Idhayam sesame oil/gingely oil is used for making pickles or thokku, you could use oil of your choice. Adjust spice levels according to your taste buds.

Cranberry Thokku/Pachadi


    1. Wowo i would have never thought about making them with cranberries.
      They looks yummy delicious.
      Love the vibrant red colour.

    2. The color is something of a delight. Cranberry perhaps like mango is best suited for thokku. looks so good.

    3. Nice, I made cranberry pickle and it was wonderful, kinda reminds me of that. Your picture today is extra pretty, any new secrets? :)

    4. lovely colour :)
      nice picture...

    5. Seems like this week is cranberry week...Yummy recipe,love the color

    6. Thanks Happycoo, Indhu and Mrs.Kannan.
      Indo, it was indeed very tasty. It was my first time trying out with cranberries. Do try and let me know.
      Divya, yes I remember your recipe for the pickle and I have to try it out soon...and for the picture, there isn`t any changes that I am aware of. Thanks Divya.

    7. i have seen this in soo many places but have never tried it, looks sooper delicious

    8. Lovely pickle Cilantro. Let me check the rice too.

    9. What a blessing for a Thanksgiving treat. I gave it to an American friend and she went ga-ga about it. Her friends who also tasted it want the recipe. This is what I call adding colour (red!)to Thanksgiving. Here are my thanks!
      Mini P. Sarathy

    10. Thank you Mini for your feedback. I am glad you and your friends like it. Happy Thanksgiving!

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