Cranberry rice. Introducing fluffy rice loaded with red cranberries that your family and friends will adore. Definitely the most delicious way to celebrate a festive dinner!
Between choosing the best kind of rice and whipping up a visually appealing dish, creating a delicious meal requires not only a creative mind, but the perfect recipe. Let’s transform the humble rice grains into a highly sophisticated side dish apt for your holiday parties. Yes, it’s surprisingly easy to make, and best of all, loaded with festive colors and flavors.
How to make cranberry rice
Start with the rice. The secret to creating the best recipe is, without a doubt, choosing good quality rice. And that’s exactly what make this easy meal so unique and delicious. Fluffy long grain rice not only tastes delicious but also imparts an aesthetic appeal to your dish. Now, the first step of making this rice recipe – soak for about 20 minutes.
While rice is soaking, let’s make the cranberry base of this recipe. Heat up a little ghee or even butter in a large saucepan. Fry up a few dried spices like bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and dried red chilies. Dried red chilies are totally optional in this recipe, but they certainly add a touch of heat.
Next up, brown the onions. Then, stir in dried cranberries and ground turmeric. Sauté the dried cranberries in butter and spices for about 1 minute. I really love these ruby red jewels in this cranberry rice. It adds a beautiful contrast to the white bed of rice. Toss in a few a handful of coriander (cilantro) leaves.
At this stage, the soaked rice goes in alongside water, lemon juice and rose water. Don’t forget to season. Give this a gentle stir, cover and cook until rice is tender. Depending on the type of rice used, this will take about 15-20 minutes. Finish off with a generous sprinkle of dried cranberries and fried golden cashew nuts or even pecans.
Is there a better side dish to add to holiday menu?
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