Thursday, September 9, 2010

Neem Flower Rice

Pin It Now! I grew up young with the gentle breeze of the neem trees near my house.My mom used to make pachadi for ugadi out of neem flowers.I have often been amazed by the neem tree.The tree is so beautiful with its lush green leaves.The neem tree is an evergreen and is quite popular in India.Every part of the tree,like the plaintain tree- from the bark to the flowers can be used.It is widely used in alternative medicine.In villages people still brush their teeth with neem branches.They are supposed to be good for the gums.My mom used to make a fresh paste of the leaves and ask us to swallow a spoon of it.It used to be soo bitter I used to run away but my mom used to convince me into swallowing it.I did in the end and it was not bad afterall.

Dishes made out of neem flowers are quite popular for their taste and medicinal benefits.The neem tree flowers are collected,cleaned and dried.The dried flowers are full of antioxidants.Research has shown that neem flowers soaked in honey taken every night can boost ones immunity.

2 cups cooked basmati rice
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic chopped
3 red chillies
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
curry leaves
4 tsp dry neem flowers
1 1/2 tbsp oil
Salt as per taste


Heat oil in a skillet and add the dals,mustard,cumin seeds and curry leaves.Add red chillies,onion,garlic and salt.When the onion is cooked add the dry neem flowers stir for a minute and then add the cooked rice and mix well.Enjoy hot with a papad.

3 comments: said...

mmm its healthy and inviting to have hot.

Rachana said...

A healthy rice dish!

Sulagna Mukherjee Basu said...

Very unique recipe..Looks great !!

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