Cranberry Raita Recipe {Thanksgiving Sides}

cranberry raita recipe

Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays, but I bet you don’t know why…I’m a Thanksgiving baby! (Yes, it’s a thing). I was born on Thanksgiving day, and every four years my birthday falls on the statutory holiday – yipee for a national holiday on your birthday!!

Usually my family does a turkey meatloaf for Thanksgiving. This year we hosted an early Friendsgiving and I roasted a whole turkey! I did a tandoori marinade that had a little bit of heat, so as a side dish I wanted something a bit cooling. What better option than a raita? To keep the Thanksgiving vibe, I added fresh cranberries.

This is a such an easy side dish! It literally took 15 minutes and was a big hit with kids and adults alike. (I took my initial inspiration from this recipe and then adjusted the amounts of sugar & water to a consistency that worked for me.)

cranberry raita


3 cups dahi
1 1/2 cups of cranberries
2 small shallots
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 tbs Oil

cranberry raita recipe

Step 1: Lightly fry shallots (1-2 minutes on medium heat). Add cranberries, water, and sugar. Cook on medium heat until all the cranberries pop.

cranberry raita recipe

Step 2: Cool the berries to touch

Step 3: Combine dahi and cranberry mixture. You can also add a little water if your family likes the consistency of raita a bit thinner.

cranberry raita recipe

What is your favourite turkey accompaniment on Thanksgiving?

Raj is an editor at The South Asian Buzz, and the Director of Brand Relations at The South Asian Bloggers Network. She loves to test new recipes, take on over-ambitious home decor projects, and read everything she can get her hands on.