Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Vepam Poo Rasam ( Neem Flower Rasam )

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Vepam Poo Rasam   ( Neem Flower Rasam ) For more Video recipes Subscribe here
I m very much excited to receive your warm wishes n loving feedback for my interview in Nithu’s wonderful space…!  I would love to say SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL MY DEAR FRIENDS for supporting me and  cheering me up …!
Today, am glad to share with you an authentic Indian recipe Vepam poo Rasam. My MIL used to surprise us with unique healthy recipes, whenever we visit our native. This rasam is not only delicious also it is very nutritive…!
Vepam means Neem and Poo means Flower in Tamil.  Neem flowers are used in Indian cooking, coz of their extensive  medicinal values. Many dishes can be prepared with Neem flowers, neem rasam is the easiest and tastiest of  them all. This rasam is ideal for hot season, as it cools down the body.
Usually, the neem tree blooms during the months of April and May. By this time, the flowers can be collected by spreading a cloth or paper under the tree and shaking the branches. Then, this is cleaned in running water and dried in shade. This dried neem flowers can be stored for long time, without losing their medicinal values.
Health Benefits:
Neem flowers are storehouse of antioxidants.  It is extensively used to cure intestinal problems. Useful in the elimination of intestinal worms.  And as a best antidote for improving  the appetite and digestive health. 
Other Tips:
Neem flowers can also be soaked in honey. Taking this a spoon daily, boosts our immunity.
Also by soaking a handful of neem flowers in a cup of water for 4 to 5  hrs and  taking this filtered water , cures stomach ache .!
Here comes the easiest and tastiest Neem Rasam recipe for you…Try this recipe and let your tummy thank you…:)
  • Neem flowers                            - a bunch
  • Ghee                                        - 1 tbsp
  • Tamarind                                   - a small ball
  • Mustard                                    - ¼ tsp
  • Cumin                                       - ½ tsp
  • Red chilly                                  - 1 or 2
  • Tomato                                     - 1
  • Garlic                                        - 5 pods
  • Asafetida                                  - a pinch
  • Rasam pwd                               - ½ tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry & coriander leaves
  1. Wash and cut neem flowers to tiny pieces.
  2. Heat a tbsp of ghee in a small frying pan.
  3. Roast it until it turns golden brown and Keep aside.
  4. Now add mustard, cumin, red chilly, curry leaves and wait to crackle.
  5. Extract the pulp of tamarind by soaking it in a cup of hot water.
  6. Smash tomato pieces, garlic, red chilly and coriander leaves to paste.
  7. Add this mixture to bowl, add water and mix well.
  8. Add salt, a pinch of asafetida pwd, turmeric pwd and rasam pwd.
  9. Stir and Boil the solution in medium flame.
  10. Once the first bubble appears, transfer the fried neem flowers and seasonings.
  11. Turn off the flame.
  12. Add freshly chopped coriander leaves and cover with lid.
  13. Now, rich aroma of Vepam poo rasam invites all to dining table.
  14. Hot n healthy vepam poo rasam is ready.
  1. It tastes divine, when it is served with hot ghee and white rice.
Thanx for visiting,


  1. New to me...never heard of any dish with neem flower...lovely healthy recipe...

  2. Very new n interesting rasam recipe..looks great dear!!

    US Masala

  3. New to me too.. Never heard of these flowers in cooking..

  4. such a healthy and unique rasam, delicious

  5. Jay, that is such a lovely recipe and looks so delish and tempting.

  6. oh wow my mum used to make this rasam for every Tamil new year as we get fresh flowers a kid i was never happy with any of neem products but now i crave for it :) delicious rasam

  7. Fabulous one Jay !! looks so delicious and with the added health benefits surely a winner !!

  8. Wow..this recipe is so unique..Totally new to me.Thanks for sharing !!

  9. Such a healthy rasam, it has been ages i had this rasam..

  10. never had this rasam Jay..HEalthy for sure..

  11. One of favorite rasam. Totally missing it here. Super Jay !!

  12. A very new, healthy and a delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Very new way of making rasam. Lovely recipe,Jay.

  14. Thank you for the recipe and the info. on medicinal benefits.

  15. Dear Jay, read ur Guest Post at Nithu's yesterday. A brilliant one! Loved it...;)

    Vepam poo rasam? Something really new to me! My mum never made this b4...hehehe!!! Wonder where I can find the flower..ermmm! :)

  16. Never had neem rasam. wondering how would it taste. bitterness?

  17. Thanks Friends for your comments. I appreciate your thoughts & feedback...:)

  18. Dear Madhuri,

    Yeah, it tastes with slight bitterness. But the rich aroma and taste of ghee suppress the bitterness and rasam tastes very delicious and healthy...! Giv a try and lemme know...:)

  19. My mom used to make this jay, especially on some festival..i dont remember exactly..I love the taste, slight bitterness with in tangy rasam...Yours looks yummy...pass me some ...hehe


  20. wow...nw this is sumthing different....looks delicious...:)

  21. V use to do this Jay...its really delicious and very healthy...Urs look perfect!

  22. Nice rsam with neem flower.Interesting recipe.

  23. Lovely tips and a delicious comforting Rasam.

  24. Thanx for coming here and liking this tangy healthy recipe...:)

  25. it is just soo soo soo interesting.....looks yummy

  26. That is definitely new to me... sounds healthy and looks perfectly comforting!

  27. That's a new try and healthy too.

  28. This rasam is new to me too..Looks healthy and delicious..

    Really enjoyed your guest post at Nithu's, Jay..Sorry for not sending any recipes to your event..We had been really busy these days..

  29. I love vepam poo rasam. It was not my fav in my childhood. But now i love it. Now that i saw this, today will be vepam poo rasam for my lunch :-) Nice blog. Happy to follow you. Keep up this great work.

  30. Totaly new to me..looks tasty and inviting!

  31. Dear Jay,

    Thanks for dropping by my page n commenting. I actually asked my mum why she never made vepam poo rasam for us b4...and she answered 'if only I could find a neem tree nearby'. Hehehe..;)

    Owh, I do have Followers widget in my blog ya. It's right on the top below the header.

    Take care n have fun! :D

  32. This dish is new to me...must try it out... :)

  33. I love neem flower and my fav it to roast it in ghee and mix with hot rice..Yummm..Will definitely try this recipe

  34. You can buy dried neem flowers from Ambika stores in Madras India. I do that when I visit India. The the customs guy upon entry as dried herbs. Use to get it from a store in New Jersey but they are closed now.

  35. You can also substitute red chilles with freshly ground white pepper, about half a teaspoon.


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