Aliv seeds or garden cress seeds are loaded with health benefits. They are rich in vitamins C, A and E, iron, folate, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and protein. All essential amino acids are present in high amounts in these seeds, mentions Advances in Seed Biology, published by IntechOpen.
Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar recently took to Instagram to talk about the importance of incorporating aliv seeds in your daily diet. “In Ayurveda, it has been regarded as one of the foods which help in recovery postpartum,” she said in an Instagram video.
The nutritionist went on to answer FAQs on aliv seeds as well. Take a look:
Diwekar wrote, “Everyone, especially lactating women, children reaching puberty, adults facing hair loss, patchy skin, alopecia, etc. It also helps in destressing.”
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FAQs – 1. Who can have Aliv? Everyone, especially lactating women, children reaching puberty, adults facing hair loss, patchy skin, alopecia, etc. It also helps in destressing. Rich in folic acid, iron, vit E, vit A, so, very good for immunity too. 2. How to have Aliv? Always with essential fat. E.g. As Aliv laddoo made of ghee, coconut, jaggery as a mid meal, even for kids, or soaked Aliv seeds (small pinch) in milk at bedtime. 3. How much Aliv to have? Just a pinch of soaked Aliv seeds in milk or in time tested proportions in the laddoo, kheer, etc. Don’t overdo it. Aliv/ Haleem/ Garden cress seeds. Recipe of Aliv laddoo on my mother’s page @rekhadiwekar #traditional #forgottenfoods #indiansuperfoods #poshanmaah
The seeds should always be consumed in combination with essential fat, recommended Diwekar. So, you can make aliv laddoos with ghee, coconut and jaggery and have it as midday meal. You can also have it at bedtime by mixing a small pinch of it in milk.
Make sure to not consume aliv seeds in excess. Diwekar suggested having “just a pinch of soaked aliv seeds in milk or in time tested proportions in the laddoo, kheer, etc.”
Diwekar’s mother Rekha also shared the recipe for making aliv laddoos. Try this:
1 cup -Aliv seeds
1 – Coconut (big)
2½ cup – Jaggery (can vary as per sweetness of gur)
2 tsp – Ghee.
*Soak aliv seeds for one hour in coconut water.
*Mix grated coconut and gur in soaked aliv seeds.
*After half an hour, cook the mixture in a kadhai with two spoons of ghee.
*Continue heating till the mixture gets cooked properly.
*Allow the mixture to cool, and add jaiphal powder, and roll laddoos
*If kept in the refrigerator, will stay good for 10 days. If kept outside, for three days
Adding aliv to your diet?