Many of us know tomato as a vegetable, but actually it is a fruit. It is high in acid content. Introducing raw tomato to infants below 10-12 months of age is not advisable, as it may irritate the baby’s tummy or give a rash around the bottom. However, one can start giving cooked tomatoes when the baby is 10-12 months of age. Cooking the tomatoes reduces its acidity.
Tomatoe helps baby absorb more iron from other foods.
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C which helps in iron absorption, so add tomatoes to meat, spinach and all those food stuffs which contains iron. Some people cook tomatoes in iron pot, as the acidity of the tomato draws iron from the pot and transfers it into the food.
Here i have coked simple tomato soup for my 19 month old daughter. For this we need just
: 2-3 big tomatoes
: half of an onion
: 1 clove garlic
: 1 spoon olive oil
: a pinch of black pepper and half a spoon butter
1. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add chopped onions and chopped garlic, sauté till it becomes soft and pink. Add the tomatoes with a pinch of salt and turmeric and cook in low flame till the rawness of the tomato are gone.
2. When the oil separates, add a cup of water and bring it to boil.
3. Grind the mixture in a blender with little water as per the consistency required and garnish with a pinch of black pepper powder and half a spoon of butter ( if you do not wish to give your baby pepper powder, dry roasted cumin powder is an option)
I also have shared Tomato Chickpea soup for babies Here