Cranberry Dal ~ Cranberry Pappu

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Cranberry dal is a tart and delicious side dish for rice and Indian flatbreads.

A bowl of delicious cranberry dal

Easy Dinner Dishes

Wish you all a happy new year! First post of the new year is for blogging marathon (BM) and the theme for this week is easy dinner dishes. Quick and easy dinner recipes come in handy on busy weeknights and specially on hectic days. This week I have some delicious dinner recipes and all three recipes are side dishes served with a main dish.

When I signed up for this month’s BM, I held back on some recipes which I initially planned for last month’s side dishes theme. I am glad I did as I could not cook anything since my last recipe post.

Bowl of fresh cranberries

What is Cranberry Dal

Cranberry dal is an easy recipe prepared just like any other dal. Cook dal, add cranberries to dal, cook until berries are soft and temper it. Hot Cranberry dal is a great side dish for any Indian flatbread and rice. Cranberry dal is part of the thali I posted last month. I made the dal with leftover cranberries from cranberry Christmas cake.

Which Lentils to use?

Indian dal is prepared with variety of lentils. I used toor dal but moong, masoor and chana dal will work as well. I usually use toor or moong for dals and these are my preferred lentils.

Fresh or Frozen Cranberries

Fresh cranberries work well and though I have not used frozen berries, those should work as well.

A simple meal - cranberry dal and sauteed ivy gourd with rice

Cranberry Dal Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Cranberry Dal
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

A tart delicious dal with fresh cranberries

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Comfort Food, Cranberry Dal, Cranberry Pappu, Everyday Food, Seasonal Food
Servings: 3
Cook Toor Dal
  • ¼ cup Toor Dal
  • ¾ cup of Water
  • Few drops of oil
Cranberry Dal
  • ¼ cup Fresh Cranberries
  • ¾ cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 4 Curry Leaves
  • ½ small Onion chopped
  • 2-3 small Green Chilies
  • 1 tbsp crushed Garlic
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ¾ - 1 tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Chili Powder
Cook Toor Dal
  1. Wash dal, add all the ingredients listed under 'Cook Toor Dal'.

  2. Cook dal in a pressure cooker or in Instant Pot. In pressure cooker, cook for 7 hisses or whistles and then 5 minutes on low. In IP, 8 minutes on manual/pressure cook mode and natural pressure release.
  3. This batch of toor dal took longer to cook, hence cook toor dal as you normally do.

  4. Once pressure subsides, add cranberries, water to cooked dal and cook for 5-10 minutes or until berries are soft.

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan, add mustard seeds, cumin and curry leaves.
  2. When seeds pop, add onions, green chilies and saute until onions are soft.
  3. Add garlic and let roast for few seconds.

  4. Throw in salt, chili powder and turmeric. Mix well.
  5. Pour the tempering over cooked dal, cover and let boil for few minutes.
  6. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  7. Garnish with cilantro and serve.
Recipe Notes
  • Quantity of berries depends on how tart the berries are.
  • For a variation use moong dal.
  • One can cook cranberries along with toor dal. I prefer adding berries after cooking the dal to retain the shape of the berries.

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13 thoughts on “Cranberry Dal ~ Cranberry Pappu

  1. Wish you too a happy 2019 ahead! Cranberry in a dal is definitely a first for me but I like the idea! Stunning pictures as usual. love how bright and brilliant everything in the picture is looking!

  2. 5 stars
    Happy New Year Usha. First the pics are simply awesome. Cranberry in dal is a completely different idea. I tasted fresh cranberries first time this season, and it has a very tangy yet sweet taste. It might have imparted an awesome flavour to this dal.

  3. Confort food with a lovely lovely twist ! I dont get Cranberries here, but I bet these would be yum for a hearty dinner.. loved all your dinner dishes, Usha 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Happy 2019 to you as well, Usha. It has been atleast 10 years since I made cranberry pappu. Lots of wonderful memories attached, Usha. Thanks for reminding. The pictures look divine.

  5. The whole meal platter looks inviting. I don’t like the tartness of fresh cranberries and usually avoid them in baking. However the same tartness must have worked well here in dal.

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