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June 15, 2009

Veppam Poo Rasam - Neem Flower Rasam Recipe

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I learnt this from my MIL .We make this at least once in a month…Slightly bitter in taste but a very healthy & aromatic dish .



Ingredients:
  • Dried Neem flower /Veppam poo – 2-3  tsp
  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
  • Red chilly – 3-4 nos (pinched into two)
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Jaggery / sugar – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt & water – as needed
To Temper:
  • Cooking oil / ghee - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Toor dal  – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
Method:
  • Dry roast neem flower in a kadai till brown and nice aroma arises .
    Cool down.Crush it with ur hands and powder it.Set aside.
  • Soak tamarind in water and extract the juice from it.
  • Heat a kadai with oil and add the tempering items one by one..Add the pinched red chillies and curry leaves.Fry..
  • Then add the tamarind juice , a pinch of turmeric powder and salt.
  • Add the jaggery/sugar.Let it boil for sometime .
  • Remove from fire.Then add the roasted and powdered neem flower..Mix it well.
Serve with hot plain rice!!

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37 comments :

  1. Have heard a lot about neem flower in rasam and pachadi. But never got the flowers to try. The rasam sounds very appetizing and needless to say its healthy too.

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  2. Hello Chitra, lovely rasam. You know Best I like about your write up is the clinic. you must be researching high dear :) By the way I used yuor recipe to my bread toast this morning.Thanks for the variety I could use.

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  3. have never used neem flower before, new to me, thanks for sharing!

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  4. new recipe to me .... nice pictures ......

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  5. Yummy and healthy rasam. I too love Neem flower rasam. Thanks for sharing lots of information about Neem.

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  6. never heard of neem flower in Rasam .. must try it once

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  7. Neem is very healthy for you if you can get around the bitter taste... I think you have an unique recipe... Good one.

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  8. Neem flower rasam interesting..I love to taste some..

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  9. nice recipe...searching neem flowers for a long time

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  10. I never knew that we can make a rassam with the neem flowers; interesting recipe!

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  11. we use neem flowers only during our New year,ie,UGADI...Rasam with this is surely a healthy one..

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  12. Thanks much for sharing the info on neem...good recipe.

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  13. Healthy rasam.. My MIL said they would make this for ugadi..

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  14. Wat a healthy dish....i miss this, unfortunately we wont get this here..feel like having rite now!

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  15. good one..something like this is made during tamil new year too..

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  16. Delicious rasam Chitra...looks very comforting..healthy too :)

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  17. I never knew we ould make rasom with these flowers.
    I remember when mom did aurvedic medicen, she used to take bath with neem leaves boiled in hot water and other remidies.

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  18. I never heard the rasam with neem flowers.I just know to use in ugadhi pachadi.When i was childhood every sunday my mom used to do the neem paste .Now i cant.But i will try this.U r giving very valuable information for every food items.Thank u very much.

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  19. Oh what a healthy rasam! I dont mind the bitter taste when it is such a nutritious dish!

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  20. Wow, Chitra, What a flavorful rasam. My mom used to do it for every Tamil New year.. cherish the memories a lot. I have never tried doing it before:(
    Its very true , addition of bitter taste in our food will help us a lot.
    Thanks for the recipe.

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  21. You are so lucky that you get all the things!, Oh!, now you made think of this!, mmmm the smell of neem flower is indulging my senses..., when i was in india I used to make this often..., Oh! it is sooooo nice..., pictures look mouthwatering....

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  22. nice information, great pic, super recipe...

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  23. Nice rasam. I am a big fan of rasams and would try this one soon.. :)

    Nice blog. Here for the first time. Keep it going. :)

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  24. This is very healthy i know but I cant eat though :P
    But once in a while its okay to include this :)

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  25. never heard of this rasam! looks gorgeous and yummy Chitra!

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  26. Chitra something waiting for you in my blog

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  27. Neem is supposed to be very healthy....we mk this too.But somehow the bitter taste kinda makes it weird i feel,however its very nutritious.My mom forces me to have this often:(.Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Such a healthy rasam ! Never heard of using veppampoo in rasam, cool !

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  29. Oh you remind me of Telugu new yr thats when we make use of neem flowers tooo much!!! simple and a healthy one!!!

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  30. New to me. Sounds interesting and healthy too.

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  31. Interesting recipe...will it taste too bitter chitra..

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  32. @Pooja , not much bitter..It depends on the ratio of tamarind, redchilly u use and how well u roast the neem flower.:)

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  33. Few of my bengali friends use to cook tender neem leafs....but neem flower rasam.... hearing for the first time...i am sure it is very good for health.

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  34. Glad you liked the huli, Chitra! Thanks for letting me know and the mention. Neem flower rasam sounds great!

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  35. I like this recipe. these Veppam poo rasam are sure to taste great and are extremely nutritious as well. I am going to make it for the holidays when my kids will be at home. I'll be sure that what they are eating is healthy. thank you for shearing your post.

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