· Garden Cress is added to soups, sandwiches and salads for its tangy flavor.
· It is also eaten as sprouts, and the fresh or dried seed pods can be used as a peppery seasoning
· In England cut cress shoots are typically used in sandwiches with boiled eggs, mayonnaise and salt
· Kheer made of garden cress seeds increases milk production and secretion in lactating mothers.
How to store garden cress seeds, halim, halim ke beej
Garden cress seeds are best stored in a ziplockbag or air tight container in the refrigerator. They usually stay fresh for 3 to 4 months when refrigerated.
Health benefits of garden cress seeds, halim, halim ke beej1. Reduces Fatigue - Cures Anaemia :
A tbsp. of these seeds offer 12 mg of iron, which is difficult to source it from any other ingredient from such a small quantity. 60% of iron requirement is fulfilled by consuming a tbsp. A simple concoction of Halim Water
once a day or at least 3 to 4 times for 1 to 2 months can help increase your hemoglobin levels and cure anemia to some extent. Add a tsp of lemon juice to this water as lemon juice abounds in vitamin C
, which further enhances iron absorption. Try it out… 2. Acts as Galactogogue - Increases Breast Milk Production :
Being rich in iron and a galactagogue (a food which enhances breast milk production
), it’s beneficial for lactating moms
. It’s considered a post-partum food, which is served to nursing mothers usually in the form of ladoo. This recipe of Halim Ladoo
is a must-try for new mums feeding their bundle of joy.
Click here to know more about the Health benefits of Garden Cress, (Halim)
These tiny seeds are a bundle of nutrients. They abound in many nutrients right from iron to calcium and protein to B vitamins. Let’s peep into its nutrition facts in detail. Nutritive Information for Garden Cress Seeds (Halim):
1 tbsp of garden cress seeds is about 12 grams
RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.
Energy - 55 caloriesProtein
Carbohydrate – 4 g
Fat – 2.9 gFiber
– 0.9 g Vitamins:
0.07 mg of Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
= 5.9% of RDA ( (about 1.2 to 1.6 mg for men)
0.07 mg of Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
= 5.2% of RDA (about 1.4 to 1.9 mg for men)
1.7 mg of Vitamin B3
= 14.3 % of RDA (about 12 mg) Minerals:
45.2 mg of Calcium
= 4.5% of RDA (about 1000 mg)
12 mg of Iron
= 60% of RDA (about 20 mg)
86.8 mg of Magnesium
= 14.7% of RDA (about 350 mg)
150.5 mg of Phosphorus
= 14.5% of RDA (about 600 mg)