Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Cranberry, Orange and Mango Sauce or Chutney with Indian Tadka ! #christmasmenu #christmasdinner #christmasfun #snow #cranberrysauce #indiantadka #jcookingodyssey




The glory and beauty of this wonderful season is something we all can share together. JCO wishes their readers   a very Merry Christmas !


Has weather man has dampen your mood ? As you might have guessed by now what I am talking talking about. Yep, the chance of there being a white Christmas in 2015 are very slim. chances of  snow on Christmas day are pretty much zero, but mercury won't reach zero ! It's odd we are having quite mild temperatures during December, well let's leave this debate for the weatherman !


Who doesn't love snow, but when you have too much, snow causes a hell of a nightmare, so I am more than happy to not to meet snow yet. After all whether it snows on Christmas or not should not matter too much, as Christmas spirit is all about caring and sharing, while we all relaxing in our home with loved ones, whether overindulging on mince pies and hot cocoa , excitingly opening presents or simply celebrating the biggest day of the year with joy , there are millions who celebrate the spirit of the season in different way .

People are working for public service like police, nurses, doctors, or fighting for our country, for them things don't stop happening just because it's Christmas ! They don't celebrate Christmas in traditional way and not everyone is sitting round a turkey. So let's celebrate Christmas, and keep all those in our prayers and celebrate Christmas sensibly and salute them for their hard work.



Now there is less than 24 hours left for the Christmas day, we have already set the menu. We are going to have a vegetarian Christmas Dinner, since last year our daughter has taken charge in preparing whole menu herself, this year going to be same as well. It will be various kind of nut roast, all the trimmings, spuds, cranberry sauce and delicious yule log and oh yes some mean mince pies with cream and custard too :P



Recently I read somewhere that Turkey and cranberry sauce definitely came over from America. We always used to buy ready made cranberry sauce until past couple of years, since we started getting fresh cranberries I have made couple of variety of sauce and pickle, last year I prepared Cranberry  and Fresh Turmeric pickle and traditional sauce for christmas day. Because I have ( matter of bad habit ) played with the recipe and tried out new flavours to the traditional Cranberry sauce. Obviously being an Indian origin love to add spices and Indian tadka is my favourite thing to do :)


This Cranberry, Orange and mango sauce perfectly goes with any Indian meal . Also this chutney transforms an ordinary cheese and biscuit snack into something special too. we had with Nut Roast Biryani. !

You will need :-

  • 250 g fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 small cooking apple peeled and chopped
  • 1 orange ( zest and juiced )
  • 100 g sugar
  • 50 g mango chutney
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dry ginger powder
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp. kalonji ( onion seeds )
  • small bark of cinnamon 
Method :-
Place cooking apple, orange juice , sugar, cinnamon and zest in a sauce pan.
Heat on a mediunm heat until sugar dissolves.
Now add cranberries and cook everyhting about 8-10 minutes.
Add chilli powder and ginger and cook further for one minute.
In a small saucepan, heat oil and add kalonji.
Once kalonji crackle pour mixture over the sauce.
Mix well and let it cool.
Serve and enjoy !


















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