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Vepampoo Rasam (Neem Flower Rasam)

Sindhu Sriram
25 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
2 People
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ABOUT Vepampoo Rasam (Neem Flower Rasam) RECIPE

A typical Tamil Brahmin recipe that has a slight bitterness from the need flowers

Recipe Tags

  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Pan fry
  • Boiling
  • Main Dish
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 2

  1. Dried Neem Flowers - 2
  2. salt - to taste
  3. Peeper Powder - 1/2 tsp
  4. jeera Powder - 1/4 tsp
  5. Mustard seeds - 1/4 Tsp
  6. Asafortida - a pinch
  7. Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
  8. Dried Red Chilli - 2
  9. ghee - 2 tsp


  1. Soak tamarind in a cup of warm water for about 20 minutes. Extract the pulp and keep aside.
  2. Heat the ghee in a vessel. Once hot, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Now add the curry leaves, asafoetida and the red chilies. Leave it for a minute.
  3. Now add the tamarind extract and salt. Let this mixture cook well until there is no raw smell of the tamarind.
  4. Add the pepper powder and jeera powder. Let it boil again for 5 minutes and take it off the heat.
  5. Now, heat ghee in a pan. Add the dried neem flowers and roasted them until aromatic. Add this roasted neem flower to the cooked tamarind mixture and cover and keep it until you serve the rasam.

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Sonal sons
Sonal sons   Sep-21-2016

very interesting dish!! I have never heard of a dish made with neem flowers before!! sure I have heard of neem and boiling its leaves and drinking that water but never this...Thank you for introducing such an interesting dish ....Sindhu

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