Sunday, April 20, 2014

Vaeppampoo Thuvaiyal - Neem Flower Chutney

#VaeppampooThuvaiyal  #NeemflowerChutney : #Neemflower starts blooming in the month of March or April. The flowers have a distinct aroma and taste bitter. These flowers that fall from the tree are collected  by spreading a clean cloth under the neem tree. Then these flowers are dried in shade. These dried leaves are stored in an air tight container for furthur use.

Neem flower

Neem flowers are rich source of  antioxidants. It expels intestinal worms of kids. It also helpful in treating many ailments related to stomach.
The dried flowers can be mixed with honey and stored in a clean and dry bottle.
This can be taken daily on an empty stomach in the morning to get full benefit of these flowers.

Now let us see how to prepare a thuvaiyal [ chutney ] with neem flower. A small quantity of jaggery is added to reduce the bitterness of the flower. The flower is also sauteed with ghee to make its bitterness mild.
Her comes the recipe

Ingredients :
Vaeppampoo Thuvaiyal  [ Neemflower Chutney ]2 Tsp                           Neem flower dried
4 Tsp                           Coconut scrap
1 Tsp                           Black gram [ urad dal ]
2                                  Red chilly [ adjust ]
1 Tsp                           Jaggery [ Adjust ]
a small marble size        Tamarind
4                                   Black pepper
1/4 Tsp                         Asafoetida powder
1/2 Tsp                         Salt
1/2 Tsp                         Oil
1/2 Tsp                         Ghee

Method :
Soak tamarind in a small bowl with 3 tsp of lukewarm water.

Heat a kadai with oil over a medium flame.
Roast red chilly,urad dal and asafoetida.
Transfer into a bowl and keep aside.

Now add ghee and add neem flowers.
Saute for a few seconds or until it gives our nice aroma.
Turn off the stove and transfer into the same bowl.

Now take all the ingredients along with roasted ones in a mixie jar.
Grind into a smooth paste.
Adjust salt.

Transfer into a serving bowl.

This is an excellent side dish for pongal and upma.
This can also be mixed with white rice adding a tsp of gingelly oil. Enjoy neem thuvaiyal mixed rice with any sambar.
This thuvaiyal goes well with curd rice also.

Other chutney varieties to try
Maangai spicy Chutney [ Raw mango spicy Chutney ]
Maangai spicy
Vallarai [ Centella ] Chutney
Vallarai [ Centella ]
Bhringaraj Chutney [ Karisalangkanni Thuvaiyal ]
Kadalai Chutney [ Peanut chutney ]
Kadalai Chutney [ Peanut chutney ]
Nellikkai peerkangkai chutney [ amla ridge gourd chtney ]
Nellikkai peerkangkai chutney

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