As a child I hated few things imposed by my grandparents during our visit every summer. It was disgusting to find all our clothes reeked of bitter neem oil as they were washed using neem detergents. We also disliked to gobble up extremely bitter balls made of neem leaves paste forcibly given by our grandmother. But now I have been yearning for such eco-friendly chemical-free detergents suitable for my washing machine, and also I feel guilty to give de-worming tablet to my son as I am unable to persuade him to take the home-made herbal substitute available plentiful around us. Nevertheless I feel contented that I can prepare delicious soup using neem flowers that possess almost same properties as that of neem leaves.
Hot, sweet & sour pineapple rasam can be reveled as a comforting soup on a rainy day or winter nights. Usually south Indian rasam is prepared with tomato or lemon but pineapple works wonders as it elevates the flavor of rasam to a whole new level. You may also refer the recipes of lemon rasam & rasa vadai posted in here.