Cranberry Pickle (Cranberry Achar)

This great pickle is a real tease…by the time you really start relishing the pickle – it’s gone! The cranberry season is so short lived that it makes you feel that life is unfair. Cranberry Pickle is easy and quick enough to make that we can make a batch every week. We mention at the bottom of this post “the hardest part is cutting…”, we change that statement to “the hardest part is keeping the pickle…”
Enjoy Cranberries like you have never before!
…And it’s all Sangita’s fault… 😉

Prep Time: 10 min + 1 day for marination
Shelf Life: 2 weeks (in the refrigerator)


Fresh Cranberry – 12 oz
Jalapenos – 8 oz (approx 6 large)
Carrots – 6 oz
Pickle Masala – 4 tbsp (1/4 cup)
Salt – to taste
Red Chili Powder – to taste
Oil – 4 tbsp (1/4 cup)


1. Wash the Cranberries, Jalapenos & the Carrots and dry them well.
2. Halve the Cranberries, cut the Jalapenos and the Carrots.
3. Mix all the ingredients together and mix well.
4. Adjust the Salt and the spices to taste.
5. Cover and leave on the counter overnight.
6. The next day, mix the pickle well and transfer into a dry bottle or a container and store in the refrigerator.


1. The hardest part of the dish is cutting the vegetables and the fruit, food process them (pulse) separately for a different look!

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0 thoughts on “Cranberry Pickle (Cranberry Achar)

  1. Hey Guys,

    Love this recipe!! A LOT!! I made this with my home made pickle masala and it turned out great!!
    This year I am planning to make some pickle with dried cranberries. Can you please give me some suggestions? Do you think it will work with them?

    Looking forward for your reply..

    Love you guys!

    1. Hi Sneha,

      Dried cranberries tend to be a lot sweeter than fresh ones so the taste will be very different. As far as pickling goes, the fruit or vegetable that you pickle has to be raw and fresh…not sure if dried things are able to be pickled.

      1. Thank you for your reply!

        I am having fun munching them just as a snack and I am planning to make cookies with them too 🙂

  2. I did end up making this pickle with my own version of homemade pickle masala. The pickle masala did not turn out too great so I only used half of the pickle masala recipe amount and added some chat masala instead. I let the pickle rest in the fridge for 24 hrs and it’s probably the first and the best pickle I have made. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  3. Hi,

    I live quite far from any Indian grocery store so it’s difficult to get the pickle masala. Would be very helpful if you could give recipe for home made pickle masala. I got some cranberries yesterday and am just waiting make this pickle.

    1. We have some homemade pickle recipes coming up but unfortunately we will not get them out before you need to use your cranberries :(. You can make sweet chutney out of cranberries. Just pressure cook them with some water and follow the steps for our Tamarind chutney recipe (replacing the tamarind with cranberries).

  4. Hi Hetal and Anuja, you ladies are just the best and a life saver on many different parties in my household! Thank you so much! I am married to a Gujju and he loves the traditional green chillies that you have with fafra etc. Can you please post the recipe/ Thank you in advance

  5. Hi hetal and Anuja,
    u r looking beautiful. hey my friends i am living in doha, Qatar Here we do not get jalapeno so what is replacement for that? can u pls tell me.

    1. Hi Lavi,

      We have not used frozen cranberries so are not sure of the texture after they defrost. If they are still crunchy, then they will be fine to use.

  6. Hi Hetal&Anuja,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful pickle recipe.Today i made it,but i just modified it by adding ‘tadka’to pickle.Your idea of adding carrots is awesome.It mellowed the sourness of Cranberries.We enjoyed with rice and Cranberry dal.(couldn’t wait for marination to get over)
    Thanks again.

  7. Hi Hetal & Anuja,

    I love how the pickle looks…here is how my mother in law made it..she slit the cranberries, not halved them, just slitted them like a + from top not all the way to the bottom. Then she marinated them with salt for 1 day and followed the similar procedure as yours. Other than the masala and oil she added some jaggery to get some sweetness in the pickle, and oh god it tasted yum!!

  8. Hi Hetal and Anuja,
    I love your recepies a lot. I will try the Canberry pickle out this weekend.
    I am an okay cook but whn i follow the directions from your site and made it is is always a hit with my family and friends.
    when ever i make a new dish..My 4 year old daugther asks, Mommy did you see it on :).
    She watches the vedio with me.
    You ladies Rock.Thank you.


  9. I’d be inclined to believe that fresh cranberries would be readily available in Denmark. The cranberry doesn’t only grow in the Northeastern United States….it grows at that same latitude throughout northern Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia.

    I don’t think I’d use sesame oil as its taste would be overpowering. You could use olive oil, corn oil, canola oil or grape seed oil which is very healthy and has a very mild, light flavor.

    Ladies, thanks for the recipe! I always stock up on bags of fresh cranberries and them freeze them for use throughout the year. I never met a cranberry recipe I didn’t like.

    1. Hi Priyanka,

      Regular canola oil worked for us but sesame oil should work as well. You may want to try a little bit first just in case.

  10. Hi Ladies,

    Will this pickle tomorrow.
    I have the same questions as Angel mentioned in the comment.
    I am 3mon pregnant now….love to eat homemade pickle..

    Sudha Balaji

  11. This looks delicious! Nice break from all the sweet cranberry sauces around this time of year! Wondering if you used raw (uncooked) oil? Also which oil? Wouldn’t it have a raw smell?

    Another question where did you get your pickle masala? Does it have a specific name? Please let me know. I want to try it this Thanksgiving.

  12. hi hetal and anuja
    i love the recepie ,yummy its sounds great.humm i want to take a bite wright nowwwwww.
    how many days we can store in refrigerator.
    i love homemade pickle.
    please show the cranberry chutney.

  13. Nice one.I have a quick question you will always cook together even if you are not shooting?Its nice to have a friend nearby i envy you guys:)

  14. This cranberry pickle is very nice, actually you can make with lots of different fruits. Agree that there is nothing like home made things.

    1. Thanks much for all the effort u guyr r putting in. Tried quite a few of ur recipes – and they are fantastic !

      Have a request, would it b possible to get the recipe for the achars (punjabi and gujarati) – the type served in the restaurants with chole etc. They are so refreshing.


      1. Thanks! Every recipe for pickle is different from the next so we probably would not get the exact taste you are looking for. However, we do some pickle recipes coming up so stay tuned :).

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