Vepampoo Sadam | Dried Neem Flower Rice


I am sure by know you know why this rice is on the menu. One reason is, of course, it starts with the alphabet ‘V’ but more importantly I have to exhaust the vepampoo (dried neem flowers) that I bought for the Tamizh New Year this month. The family has been fed a regular diet of Vepampoo Rasam and so this time I figured I could make a rice dish with it.

It is a delicious dish if you like the slightly bitter taste of the dried neem flowers. Fried in ghee, it makes for a lovely weekday meal. I paired it with a bowl of curds and surprisingly the daughter loved it. She gobbled up her share and asked for more. That is the ultimate stamp of approval and I can’t believe this happened.

Serves 2-3

Recipe from here


1 cup Rice

2-3 tsp Ghee / Clarified butter

1/2 tsp Asofoetida powder

1 tsp Urad dal / Skinless split black gram

2 tsp Vempapoo / Dried Neem Flowers

1 sprig Curry leaves

1 Dried red chilly




  • Cook rice as per your usual procedure
  • In a small pan, heat the ghee and add asofoetida and urad dal
  • Add the red chilly, curry leaves and vepampoo / dried neem flowers
  • Fry it on low heat till the urad dal turns brown and the neem flowers turn black
  • Pour it over the cooked rice
  • Add salt and mix well
  • Serve warm with curds or chips
  • Enjoy!


This is my post for the Biryani / Pulao / Khichadi festival for the alphabet ‘V’

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