Aliv Che Laadu / Halim Ladoo / Garden Cress Seeds Sweet Balls
Aliv che laadu is a traditional Maharashtrian sweet made with iron and calcium rich Garden Cress seeds. It is a winter delicacy and is specially made for the new moms. The ladoos ( sweet balls) are made using jaggery , fresh coconut , dry fruits and garden cress seeds . These ladoos are very nutritious and provide warmth to the body. Though they are usually made for lactating mothers, people of all age can have this winter treats and are also made during festivals like Diwali.
Garden cress is called Aliv in Marathi and Halim in Hindi. It is an important source of iron, folic acid, calcium , vitamins C, E and A. The seeds are high in calories and protein and contain essential fatty acids .
Aliv che ladoo are very delicious in taste and are soft and sticky in texture. One ladoo can be had daily during winters along with milk as breakfast.