December 6, 2009
Vepambu Rasam(Neem flower Rasam)
Piping hot Rasam mixed with Rice makes a very comforting and satisfying meal during Winter and Rainy Season. When I am sick, this is the only thing on earth I would want to have.
Neem flower rasam can be made quickly with very few ingredients you usually have on hand.
Tamarind-Small lime size
Rasam Powder-1/2 tsp
Dry neem flower-1 tsp
Curry leaves-a few
Mix Tamarind with 2 cups of water in a vessel. No need to extract the juice from tamarind. Add salt, hing, rasam powder and boil until the raw smell is gone(12-15 minutes).
Add 1 more cup of water and boil for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
Do the seasoning and add it to the Rasam.
Note: Fry neem flower till it turns dark brown.
If you don't have neem flower, substitute it with 1 tsp of pepper-cumin powder(1/2 tsp each) to make Pepper-Cumin Rasam.
Measurements are approximate. You can master the skill of making Sambar/Rasam only with experience.