Neem flower Rasam

Serevs:4 ; Preparation Time: 20min

Azadirachta indica is a binomial name for Neem. Neem leaves are used in preparing oil which in turn used in making shampoo. Also it has many medicinal properties: Anti-fungal, anti-diabetic.etc. It clears out all the worms in stomach.

Neem flower (Vepu (Telugu)/ Bevu (Kannada)/ Vembu(Tamil)Rasam is a very light yet amazing recipe which can be had with hot rice and a teaspoon full of ghee (Clarified butter). 



  • Sun dried neem flowers – ½ cup
  • Dry red chillies – 3 No.s
  • Cumin (jeera) seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Rasam Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Black gram sabut (Urad dal) – ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Tamarind – half lemon size
  • Salt for taste
  • Ghee( Clarified butter) – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil


  • The neem flowers must be completely dried in sun till it becomes brown in colour.
  • Soak half lemon size tamarind in ½ cup  water for 10 min.
  • Meanwhile heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a rasam bowl, add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds, ½ teaspoon cumin (jeera) seeds, red chilies,  ½ cup dried neem flowers, 1 teaspoon ghee, ½ teaspoon coriander powder, ½ teaspoon Black gram sabut (Urad dal), a pinch of asafoetida , ½ teaspoon turmeric powder. Simmer the flame and fry it for 3 mins.
  • Add tamarind water, 1 ½  cup water, 1 teaspoon rasam powder and salt as per requirement. Allow it to boil on a medium flame for 5 – 10 min. Turn off the flame when you get the smell of fresh aromatic fried neem flower rasam.

Enjoy the flavour of neem flower rasam with hot ghee rice. 



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