Festival RecipesNeem flower Rasam | Tamil New year recipes

Neem flower Rasam | Tamil New year recipes

Neem flower rasam |vempam poo rasam is made in all South Indian homes on Tamil New year | Tamil varusha pirappu. I have already posted the veppam poo rasam of my mil’s version few years back. Though i am not a big fan of this neem flower rasam, this version i loved it very much. I learnt this from my cousin who taught me when she visited me few months back. I have posted a garlic rasam(with coconut milk), which i learnt from her. This is yet another flavourful and tasty neem flower rasam, which is her signature recipe too. As Tamil new year is coming up in few days (April 14th), i wanted to post this recipe of neem flower rasam |vempam poo rasam. Check out my full collection of Tamil new year recipes. 

Neem flower rasam

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 25 Mins |Serves: 4-5

     Neem flower  2 tblsp
     Tomato  1
     Tamarind a small gooseberry sized
      Rasam powder   1 tsp
      Salt  as needed
      Turmeric powder  1/4 tsp
      Red chili  1
      Green chili 1
      Toor dal   2 tsp
      Channa dal  2 tsp
      Cooked toor dal  2 tblsp + 1 and 1/2 cup water
      Asafoetida   2 pinches
      Curry leaves few
      Oil   2 tsp
      Ghee 1 tsp
      Medium thick Coconut milk  2 tblsp (optional)
                                                      Video of neem flower rasam


Neem flower- rasam

    • In a pan add oil and add in the toor dal, channa dal, red chili, slit green chili and curry leaves.
  • Saute till the dal turns golden brown colour.
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  • Once it is done, finely chop the tomatoes and add it to the pan.
  • Add the tamarind extract to the pan. (soak the tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes and extract the juice by adding 1 and 1/4 cup water)
neem flower-rasam 2
  • Add rasam powder, turmeric powder, salt and asafoetida to this. You can add sambar powder too if you do not have rasam powder.
  • Let this boil for 5-7 minutes till the raw smell goes.
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  •  Mix the cooked toor dal with 1 and 1/2 cup water and mash well with hands.
  • Add the toor dal water to this.
  • Add the coconut milk too. If not adding coconut milk add 1/2 tsp of jaggery.
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  • Let the rasam froths up. Do not allow this to boil.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Roast the neem flower in ghee till it turns dark brown colour.
  • Roast in low flame as it tends to burn quite fast.
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  • Transfer this to the rasam.

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  • Neem flower rasam is ready.
Neem flower- rasam
  1. You can temper mustard seeds and also add coriander leaves in the last.
  2. Coconut milk gives a nice flavor to the rasam, if you have in hand add it.
  3. My cousin usually take a hand ful of coconut and grind in a mixie with little warm water and squeeze out the milk from this and add to the rasam. The coconut she adds to the curry later.
  4. Instead of toor dal water you can add moong dal water too.

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