A for Aliv che ladoo


Beginning today I am blogging for one month for the Blogging Marathon and this time to make things interesting we are blogging with the theme of Alphabets.

So you will see various forms of cooking like baking, International, Street foods all in being blogged.

Today I have chosen a traditional dish and a sweet. That is served to nursing mothers.

When I searched for what Aliv, means for Aliv is one word that I have heard from my MIL I  was surprised to read that they are called watercress seeds.

We have been reading about watercress sandwiches in the old romantic novels… my first one being Brarbara Cartland!! O the heroine is so innocent and the hero so … and how I lapped it all up…. Haha!  Do you think our girls will like them? I somehow doubt it..

Anyway coming back to watercress seeds …

This is what they look like


So the health benefits of watercress seeds are detailed here.

Today I have made Aliva-che-Ladoo the way my MIL used to make it.


  • ½ cup aliv
  • 1 coconut, freshly grated
  • All the water from the coconut
  • ½ kg jaggery
  • 1 tblspn ghee


  • Soak the aliv in the coconut water and coconut overnight. 
  • In the morning on a non-stick pan add the ghee and the soaked aliv and jaggery. 
  • Heat on low flame stirring initially occasionally then as the mixture dries up continuously. 
  • When the mixture comes together the cooking is done. 
  • Let the mixture is cooled make the balls out of the mixture.

aliva 1

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50 thoughts on “A for Aliv che ladoo

  1. Chef Mireille September 2, 2013 at 6:47 am Reply

    I’ve never seen watercress seeds but ladoos do look scrumptious

  2. harini September 2, 2013 at 7:19 am Reply

    The laddu looks awesome.
    I have used water cress leaves but these Aliv seeds are something very new to me..I went through the link you have given but couldn’t find the picture of those seeds. If you get a chance it would be helpful if you post the pic of the seeds.What say you?

  3. Pavani September 2, 2013 at 8:15 am Reply

    Very traditional laddoo. Looks filling & yummy.. Is aliv same as gond??

  4. PJ September 2, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply

    When we were in china I have tasted dishes with watercress. And the ladoo sounds so delicious and looks very tempting!

  5. Vaishali Sabnani September 2, 2013 at 8:33 am Reply

    Never heard of this ..but I can see the ladoos look absolutely stunning and mouth watering…and healthy too…a good beginning to the series:)

  6. Sandhya Ramakrishnan September 2, 2013 at 8:40 am Reply

    Very different laddoos! looks very tempting 🙂

  7. nayana September 2, 2013 at 9:25 am Reply

    Love these laddoos and regularly make them in winter , I sometimes also add milk powder in the end …….

  8. Kalyani September 2, 2013 at 10:27 am Reply

    thats a totally new seed / grain for me.. any idea what its called in Hindi or any other regional language… We make similar laddus for new mothers with Methi seeds and edible gum …

    bookmarking this Archana 🙂

  9. cookingwithsapana September 2, 2013 at 10:28 am Reply

    Wow , amazing ladoos and looks so delicious !

  10. KP September 2, 2013 at 10:49 am Reply

    It seems to be a challenging assignment.Do tell us when you use outlandish names of the ingredients the Indian equivalent.Best wishes

  11. Sowmya September 2, 2013 at 11:15 am Reply

    looks so delicious!!! love the pictures…


  12. Preeti Garg September 2, 2013 at 11:18 am Reply

    Lovely ladoo.. Aliv is new ingredients for me.. wanna learn more about this

  13. Gayathri Kumar September 2, 2013 at 11:57 am Reply

    Haven’t come across water cress seeds yet. The ladoos look delicious…

  14. veena September 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm Reply

    Looks lovely and i have never cooked with watercress seeds as yet. Bm is showing so many new recipes!!!

  15. Priya September 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm Reply

    Am hearing for the first time about alive seeds, do you have a pic of it? please do share, dunno for me aliv sounds flax seeds,hope am wrong, btw the ladoos looks superb and delicious.

  16. themadscientistskitchen September 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm Reply

    I am glad I was not the only one who did not know about these seeds. Will take a pic in the veening and update it.

  17. foodiliciousnan September 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm Reply

    Haha! From the aliv of romantic novels to the aliv in a lactating mother’s diet! I too have heard of watercress seeds but have no idea what they look like. Havent heard of ‘aliv’ either. The laddus do look good!

  18. pinksocks September 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm Reply

    Such an interesting find this Aliv is. I have never heard of them let alone having them. A recipe for keeps 🙂

  19. Srivalli September 2, 2013 at 3:13 pm Reply

    Archana, I had always enjoyed those BC romance..it used to be fun!..the girl always was so innocent and in her teens right..I can still read them I guess…and your healthy treat is surely something one might never have guessed to have featured in those books..however it’s nice to read so much abt these..:)

  20. smitha kalluraya September 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm Reply

    hmm aliv !!! never heard of them … Where do u get them
    These ladoos look so tempting … Also nice alphabetical theme..
    Do visit my site when u r free…

  21. manjula September 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm Reply

    very very unique and delicious ladoo’s 🙂 you are super creative dear !!

  22. Rajani September 2, 2013 at 11:12 pm Reply

    Barbara Cartland novels were what I started with. Graduated to M & B, but don’t enjoy it much now. The side effects of growing older, I guess. Anyway, new recipe learnt and I am so glad your pictures are safe. Did you upload them in picasa or drop box?

  23. JananiRCC September 3, 2013 at 12:47 am Reply

    Wow what a recipe never heard of it very very endhu to know detailed about it awesome recipe nice to know u as a fellow marathon buddy. First time seeing a recipe with aliv.

  24. JananiRCC September 3, 2013 at 12:49 am Reply

    Awesome recipe never seen this seed very happy to read the benefit of them and yummy laddu thanks u for sharing this yummy recipe nice to know u as a fellow marathon blogger.

  25. Sreevalli K Emani September 3, 2013 at 1:58 am Reply

    Never heard of this lovely recipe.. See It’s good that we are learning new ones in the process. You made them so sweetly.. 🙂

  26. Suma Gandlur September 3, 2013 at 2:00 am Reply

    Didn’t even know how the seeds looked up until now. These BMs sort of bring out the regional treasures. Loved to know about it.

  27. Sandhya September 3, 2013 at 8:40 am Reply

    A very traditional and most delicious reicpe. May I mention one thing though? You have not mentioned when to put the jagerry. New cooks may find it confusing. Sorry to point out>

  28. Chitz September 4, 2013 at 1:38 am Reply

    Such a healthy one. Lovely !

  29. saras October 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm Reply

    Woow, I am drooling over your picture..Simply super and bookmarking it too..

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    Khup chan ahey ladoo,amhi panh asech karto

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    Very helpful recipe…going to try it for sure

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  41. slimnhappy September 23, 2016 at 4:44 pm Reply

    Lovely recipe and the ladoos look so tempting!. I have linked your recipe in my blog. https://slimnhappy.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/oilseeds-garden-cress-seedsaliv/ Thanks.

    • themadscientistskitchen September 23, 2016 at 5:54 pm Reply

      Thanks or the link back. I like the way you have described these seeds and will try them in soups and salads.

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