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Vepampoo Rasam!

Posted by Sneha on April 25, 2007


Here’s a last minute entry for the Regional Cuisines of India event hosted by Lakshmi K of Veggie Cuisine, this month being TamilNadu. I was thinking long and hard(I guess that explains “last minute 🙂 ) to make something uncommon, that Tamil Nadu and tamilians can claim as exclusively theirs… Then I thought what could be better and more unique to Tamil cuisine than Vepampoo Rasam??? Vepam is Neem and Poo simply means flower in Tamil! Indians have known the therapeautic properties of Neem from time immemorial. It has been extensively used in the Indian ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine. Read more about Neem here and here and, ofcourse, Google is your best friend! If such a wonderful flower can be made into a delicious tasting rasam(even my 6 year old, savours this!) what could be better ever?? So, here’s my entry for the event….Thanks Lakshmi for coming up with such a nice event! I am sure we all can learn a lot from this!



Dried Neem Flowes (vepampoo) – 1/4 cup
Dal Stock – 2 cups (Pressure cook dal with lots of water and take the stock)
Tomatoes – 4
Tamarind – 1/2 tsp or to taste
Rasam Powder – 1 tsp (or to taste)
Turmeric – a pinch
Oil – 2 tbsp,  approx.
Coriander and Curry Leaves


1. Take 2 tbsp oil in a pan, when its hot, put the vepampoo in it and fry for a few minutes.
(Care should be taken not to burn them. The entire vepampoo should be covered in oil,  take more oil, if needed. Fry until they turn a dark brown and when it starts smoking, take off heat and keep aside.)
2. Boil together chopped tomatoes, tamarind, turmeric and salt.
3. Add rasam powder and let boil for a few more minutes.
4. Finally, add the fried vepampoo and curry and coriander leaves and simmer for about 5 minutes on low flame.
5. Temper with mustard and asafoetida.
6. Serve with steamed rice and fire roasted papad!



14 Responses to “Vepampoo Rasam!”

  1. Asha said

    I Love the photos.Looks so delicious.Where did you get the Neem flowers?I know Neem,never seen them here in US though.Thanks for a authentic soup Sneha:)

  2. Sneha said

    Thanks Asha! I stock them from India, haven’t seen them in the US either!

  3. Mythreyee said

    Ahaa..such a healthy recipe. I don’t get vepanpoo here. Wish I had. Will try this when I visit India. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sneha said

    Yes, Mythreyee, it is indeed healthy! Try it when u can!
    Thanks for passing by!

  5. kribha said

    Dear Sneha,
    I’m pinched for time,otherwise I would write a big comment.Your pictures are stunning. Nice collection of recipes. will come back for more and more.

  6. Sneha said

    Thanks Kribha! 🙂

  7. Jeena said

    Nice recipe looks delicious 🙂

  8. Suganya said

    Can I say ‘Same Pinch’ 😀

  9. Sushma said

    Rasam with Neem is something new and unique for me..thanxs so much for sharing a unique recipe..

  10. Jeena said

    Hi lovely recipe great pictures 🙂

  11. Pinny Sheoran said

    Looking for recipes from iyengar/iyer tradition, such as neem balls, used to clear digestion, made from neem leaves. Any suggestions?

  12. Sneha said

    Pinny, welcome! Sorry, I am not aware of any neem ball recipe, but, if I do come across, will try and get the recipe!

  13. Selina Chan said

    you can get Vepampoo flower from:


    37 Meridian Road, Ste 1
    Edison, New Jersey 08820

    Phone: (732) 205-0261 /
    (732) 205 – 0262
    Fax: (973) 556-1026

    My shopping experience has been great. Prompt shipping great people. But their website search engine sucks!!

    Best to call them. My husband is a tamilian from Singapore and me being a chinese we cook great food.

  14. sowmya said

    hi sneha, nice receipie, i was desp looking for this rasam recepie.

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