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June 15, 2009


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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 .

  • 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
  • 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!!


In India, the tree is variously known as "Divine Tree," "Heal All," "Nature's Drugstore," "Village Pharmacy" and "Panacea for all diseases." Products made from neem have proven medicinal properties, being anthelmintic, antifungal, antidiabetic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fertility, and sedative. It is considered a major component in Ayurvedic medicine and is particularly prescribed for skin disease.
  • All parts of the tree (seeds, leaves, flowers and bark) are used for preparing many different medical preparations.
  • Neem oil is used for preparing cosmetics (soap, shampoo, balms and creams), and is useful for skin care such as acne treatment, and keeping skin elasticity. Neem oil has been found to be an effective mosquito repellent.
  • Neem derivates neutralize nearly 500 pests worldwide, including insects, mites, ticks, and nematodes, by affecting their behavior and physiology. Neem does not normally kill pests right away, rather it repels them and affects their growth. As neem products are cheap and non-toxic to higher animals and most beneficial insects, it is well-suited for pest control in rural areas.
  • Besides its use in traditional Indian medicine the neem tree is of great importance for its anti-desertification properties and possibly as a good carbon dioxide sink.
  • Practitioners of traditional Indian medicine recommend that patients suffering from chicken pox sleep on neem leaves.
  • Neem gum is used as a bulking agent and for the preparation of special purpose food (those for diabetics).
  • Aqueous extracts of neem leaves have demonstrated significant ant diabetic potential.
  • Traditionally, teeth cleaning was conducted by the chewing of slender neem branches. Neem twigs are still collected and sold in markets for this use, and one often sees youngsters in the streets chewing on neem twigs.
  • A decoction prepared from neem roots is ingested to relieve fever in traditional Indian medicine.
  • Neem leaf paste is applied to the skin to treat acne.
  • Neem blossoms are used in Andhra Pradesh to prepare "Ugadi pacchadi.
Extract of neem leaves is thought to be helpful as malaria prophylaxis despite the fact that no comprehensive clinical studies are yet available. Private initiatives in Senegal were successful in several cases to prevent malaria . However, major NGOs such as USAID are not supposed to use neem tree extracts unless the medical benefit has been proved with clinical studies.
Neem Flowers
The flowers of the neem plant have a lovely, sweet, honey-like smell. It is quite intense, noticeable from a distance, but never overpowering. Bees love neem flowers and neem honey is popular. The flower oil is also used in aromatherapy and has a calming and restorative effect.



I tried this  gravy from Vani’s Beyond Curries..It tasted like the araichu vitta sambhar i make for idly..But cinnamon is used in this gravy..That gave a different flavor..My husband liked it..It tasted great for curd rice  and plain rice.. rice ..Thanks vani..SmileThat’s a yummy kootu!!Thumbs-up

Brinjal onion gravy1

Bye , catch u all in the next postWave


  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.

  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  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.

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

  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.

  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....

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

  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. :)

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

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

  26. Chitra something waiting for you in my blog

  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!

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

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

  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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