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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.

Ingredients:
Tamarind-Small lime size
Rasam Powder-1/2 tsp
Salt
Hing-1/4 tsp

Seasoning:
Ghee-1 tsp
Dry neem flower-1 tsp
Jeera-1/2 tsp
Red chillies-2
Garlic pods(optional)-2
Curry leaves-a few

Method:
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.

31 comments:

  1. I don't know much about Rasam...but it looks so comforting. Lovely rasam pot. :)

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  2. Never tried this.... sounds healthy and mouthwatering....

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  3. I just loved that rasam pot..That is just enough for two....healthy rasam..

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  4. need only rasam these days but tried to cook...

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  5. need only rasam these days..but tried...

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  6. Excellent click!! my mom makes this on tamil new years day,but I never eat this happy :P

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  7. KANNA,
    I love this rasam.your mother used to make long back.
    APPA

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  9. When i was kid, i never liked having this rasam, but i want absolutely to have, but unfortunately i dont get good quality of dry neem flower..Mahi just love that rasam pot, so cute..

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  10. Neem flower roasted in ghee gives such an aroma that makes the rasam very delectable. Your picture makes me long for that comforting bowl of piping hot rasam.

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  11. wooo fell like having a sip dear...where did u get those neem flower?

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  12. A very new rasam recipe for me..lovely click

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  13. Havent heard of this but sure a healthy comfort rasam, great presentation!

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  14. beautiful presentation..delicious sounding recipe

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  15. So comforting rasam, i too love having hot rasam when m down with cold and fever, than can be more satisfying :-)

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  16. Looks so delicious and lovely click. This is one of my favorite rasam, my Mom makes it exactly the same way without extracting the juice out and i do too. Each year i get these Neem flowers dried and packets sent from Chennai.

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  17. I cannot finnish without rasam! This one simply authent.. one :)

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  18. Good recipe..never tried rasam with neem flowers..

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  19. Lovely picture and very cute rasam container ! Did you get the dry neem powder in the local Indian grocery or from India ?

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  20. never heard of neem flower ...BTW beautiful pictures...

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  21. nice ...havent tried it ... sounds awesome...

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  22. Super good click Mahi! I love this rasam and the little pot that you have there :)

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  23. I love your pot. I have the vepambu, I sometime fry it in ghee and pour it on top of the Rasam - made the usual way. Will try your way. Looks good..

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  24. Hi thanks for your awesome recipe...Just wondering where did u get the Vepambu from in usa?

    Vidhya

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