Walnut and Cranberry Pilaf/Pulao

Walnut and Cranberry Pilaf, is a one pot rice flavorful preparation with sweet and tangy cranberries and crunchy Walnuts. 

Today I am here with a very simple, easy and a flavourful rice Pilaf/Pulao with Walnuts and Cranberries.

I came across Walnut and Cranberry Rice Pilaf recipe few days back, when I was searching and finalizing the dishes for Mega Blogging Marathon. For the letter W.  I had 2-3 dishes in mind, Wild Rice, Whole Moong Khichdi or Whole Wheat Khichdi. I came across the recipe for Walnut and Cranberry Rice on Food Network.

I usually add nuts to various Pulao dishes like Kashmiri Pulao, Dhaniya Pulao, Meethe Chawal, many of that you have seen in last few days and have never used Walnuts in rice. So this recipe got me interested. I referred to lot of recipes on internet and then finalized the recipe as per our taste.

I used absolutely no spice in this recipe except cumin seeds.The recipes on Internet called for adding walnut while cooking rice, I roasted walnuts in a separate pan, and then added to the cooked rice. The roasted Walnuts add a nice crunch  and a distinct aroma to Pulao. This pulao also has bold garlic flavour due to over roasted garlic in butter. Cranberries add a sweet and tangy flavour.

We loved this simple buttery Rice Pilaf with bold garlic flavours and crunchy walnuts and sweet and tangy cranberries. I had planned stir fried broccoli and hot and Sour Tomato Soup for the evening . This flavorful Pilaf gelled so well with the Broccoli and soup.

It can also be paired with any vegetarian or non-vegetarian buttery curries like makhani gravy. It is good option for the kids who do not like spicy food. My 7 yr old, loved the crunchy walnuts along with cranberries in pilaf. For Moms it is light and good option for kid’s lunch box. You can also add almonds and cashew nuts along with raisins and make it a dry fruit pulao for your little ones.

Let’s see how I made this simple and flavorful Walnut and Cranberry Pulao..

Walnut and Cranberry Rice

Walnut and Cranberry Rice Pulao/Pilaf

Walnut and Cranberry Pilaf, is a one pot rice flavourful preparation with sweet and tangy cranberries and crunchy Walnuts. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 Cup Basmati Rice
  • 1-2 tbsp Walnuts
  • 1-2 tbsp Cranberry
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
  • 1 tsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Onions
  • 1.5 Cup Water/Vegetable stock
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and soak rice for 15-20 minutes in enough water.
  • Roast walnuts in a pan till these give nutty aroma. Keep the flame to low.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan, add butter and oil.
  • Add cumin seeds, when the seeds crackle, add finely chopped/minced garlic. Saute till brown in color. Do not burn garlic.
  • Add onions, when onions turn translucent add cranberries and saute for a minute or till cranberries swell up.
  • Drain water from rice, and add to the pan. Saute for a minute then add water or stock. Add salt as per required. Mix well, lower the flame and cover the pan, cook rice till done. It takes another 10 minutes to cook rice.
  • Cook till water evaporates, check for the doneness of rice. 
  • Add roasted walnuts and mix lightly. Garnish with chopped parsley or cilantro.


I use White Basmati Rice. You can use brown rice also in place of white rice. Cooking time will differ.
You can saute walnuts in oil and then use the same oil to prepare pulao.
Lightly mix rice and walnuts, so the grains are separate and do not turn mushy.
Keyword Cranberries, Fasting Food, Gluten-free,Vegan, Fried Food, Pulao recipe, Rice, Vegan, Vegetarian Pilaf, Walnuts

Do try this simple and easy Pulao recipe. This can also go well with any tomato based or makhani curry.

Treat them to this flavorful rice preparation that is wholesome, filling and so flavorful.

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This is 23rd in my series of A-Z Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes, that I am taking to Mega Blogging Marathon April ’19.

Day 23. W. Walnut and Cranberry Rice

This is an event where I along with a group of fellow bloggers are blogging everyday about Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes this whole April, with Sundays off.

My earlier posts for the event..

Day 1. A.. Aloo Matar Ki Tehri

Day 2.  B..Broccoli Mushroom Pulao

Day 3 . C..Chana Dal Khichdi

Day 4. D..Dhaniya Pulao

Day 5. E.. Easy Steamed Rice in Instant Pot with Pot in Pot Method

Day 6. F.. Fresh Mint and Peas Pulao

Day 7. G.. Gatte Ka Pulao

Day 8. H.. Hari Moong Dal Khichdi

Day 9. I.. Iyengar Puliyogare(Instant)

Day 10. J.. Jeera Rice

Day 11. K.. Kashmiri Pulao

Day 12. L.. Lucknowi Veg. Dum Biryani

Day 13. M.. Mixed Veg Pulao

Day 14. N.. No-Onion No-Garlic Kadhai Paneer Pulao

Day 15. O.. Oats and Moong Dal Khichdi

Day 16. P.. Pearl Pulao

Day 17. Q..Quinoa Pulao

Day 18. R.. Rajasthani Kabuli(Jodhpuri Pulao)

Day 19. S.. Spicy Chilli Garlic and Bell Pepper Rice

Day 20. T.. Tomato Corn and Basil Pulao

Day 22. V. Vegetable Biryani in Instant Pot


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#99

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11 thoughts

  1. That combination of walnut and cranberry surely makes this so colourful!

  2. Adding nuts in pulao is one of my favorite. And that cranberries add such a beauty to the final dish. This would make a great centre piece in any table.

  3. Walnut and cranberry pulao looks so good. I have made persian cranberry rice for this theme somehow wasnt happy with the pics i have taken. The recipe is something similar to your dish. Good one

  4. Walnut and cranberries in a pulao is so unique. It must have added the necessary crunch to the rice. Even with almost no spice, the rice looks delicious and tempting.

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