One of the goals of an Ayurvedic meal is to balance the diet with daily consumption of the six main tastes; sweet, salty, sour, pungent, astringent and bitter; the use of a relish helps bring in these flavors. This version of cranberry sauce is rich in microbiome-loving polyphenols and Ayurveda’s traditional immune-enhancing ingredients such as dates and honey.
1 cup of orange juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 cardamon seeds
1 star anise pod (optional)
1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger or ½ teaspoon of fresh ginger juice
5 whole dates
1 lb bag of fresh cranberries
1 apple-peeled and chopped into inch-square chunks
1 tablespoon honey
- Combine the orange juice and the spices in a small pan. Simmer together with the lid on for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, add the dates and let the spices infuse and the dates soak for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.
- Strain the liquid to remove the spices (except the cinnamon stick) and dates.
- Skin the dates, chop them up and add the fruit (cranberries, apples and dates) to the infused juice.
- Partially cover and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is cooked.
- Add a pinch of salt and the honey once the sauce has cooled.
- Refrigerate and enjoy. Combines well with rich foods such as meat and dairy.