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Neem Flower Pachadi - Veppam Poo Pachadi

posted 21 Jan 2013, 21:48 by Rajmi Arun   [ updated 19 Aug 2013, 05:00 ]
This is prepared during Chithirai Varuda Pirappu/ Tamil New Year, but the people who hail from Tanjore district. This is done specially from fresh neem flowers.

Neem flower - 2 tsp
Tamarind paste - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1 1/2 tsp
Red chillies - 6 nos
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1/4 cup
Asafodeita - 1 pinch
Jaggery - 1/4 cup
Rice flour - 2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Ghee - 2 tbsp

Fry neem flower in 1 tbsp of ghee till it turns red in colour. (care should be taken as to not to burn the flowers). In a pan add the remaining ghee and oil and when hot add teh mustard seeds. When they splutter add the red chillies, asafodeita, curry leaves. Add 2 cups of water to tamarind paste and make tamarind water. Add it to the pan along with the salt. When it comes to a boil add the jaggery and mix well. In 1/4 cup of water mix the rice flour and make a paste of it and add it to the pan. When everything comes to a boil remove from flame.