Neem flower rasam / Vepamboo rasam is a tangy and slightly bitter rasam and is prepared during festive occasions like Ugadhi and Tamil New year. Neem flowers are well known for its health benefits. In South Indian cuisine, neem flowers in fresh or dried form are used in the preparation of herbal tea, rasam , chutney or health powders. Consuming neem flowers atleast once a month helps in cleansing our digestive system. This detoxifying rasam is prepared by infusing the roasted neem flowers in already simmered tamarind extract along with red chillies, and few other spices. It is served along with steamed rice and a dash of ghee.