Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  125
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  21 g
  • Fat  4 g
  • Cholesterol  11 mg
  • Sodium  34 mg
  • Potassium  71 mg
  • Phosphorus  74 mg
  • Calcium  11 mg
  • Fiber  0.7 g

Cranberry Rice Pilaf

DaVita dietitian Usha invites you to enjoy this sweet twist on regular rice pilaf, kidney-friendly recipe for Cranberry Rice Pilaf. Makes a great side dish.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Usha from Missouri.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 1/2 cup


    • 1 cup basmati rice, uncooked
    • 2 tablespoons dried, sweetened cranberries
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1/2 teaspoon black cumin
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 2 cups water


    1. Soak rice and all ingredients for 40-45 minutes at room temperature.
    2. Place all ingredients in a rice cooker.
    3. If using a microwave rice cooker, microwave for 12 minutes at full power. If cooking stove top, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook covered for 20 minutes.
    4. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Black cumin is a spice used in Indian and Pakistani cuisine. Look for Kala Jeera or black cumin in any Indian spice store or Asian market. It is also available online.
    • Select a cinnamon stick approximately 1” in length.

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Cranberry Rice Pilaf

stb4 says:


I have made this many times and it is very tasty.

Apr. 18, 2012, 6:25 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cranberry Rice Pilaf

mdrichardson says:


I need low potassium recipes for my husband. How do I substitute? Moderator comment: 71 mg potassium per serving is quite low for this dish. I would not delete any of the ingredients as that would change the recipe outcome.

Jul. 09, 2011, 12:37 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cranberry Rice Pilaf



My husband is Asian, so rice dishes are appreciated. He liked this very much.

Feb. 27, 2009, 5:15 AM - Inappropriate review?

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