Tomato rasam is a South Indian style tomato soup recipe, best for babies when they catch a cold and cough. It makes easier digestion and ensures speedy recovery when they are sick. It does not only soothe the stomach but also tastes super good. This tomato rasam can be given to babies of age 8 months plus and toddlers.
I make this tomato rasam to my baby at lunch weekly thrice and whenever she is bored of this moong dal khichadi and spinach rice. You can feed this tomato rasam as a soup at mid-morning 11 am or mix this with well-mashed rice and feed as lunch. It’s purely your preference. Here is how to make the tomato rasam recipe for babies and kids.
- Ripe tomatoes - 2
- Black pepper - 3 corns
- Cumin seeds/Jeera - ½ tsp
- Garlic - 2 small cloves
- Turmeric powder - a pinch
- Water - 1 cup
- Salt - as required
- Oil/ghee - ½ Tsp
- Mint/ coriander leaves - few (optional for garnishing)
- Sterilize the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
- Wash the tomatoes well in running water. Boil the tomatoes in a saucepan for 5 minutes with water till it immersed level. Switch off the flame and let it cool down. Once it's cooled down, peel the skin off from the tomatoes and set aside.
- Dry roast the pepper, cumin seeds and garlic in a pan until nice aroma comes. Switch off the flame. Then grind the dry roasted items with peeled tomatoes to a smooth paste. Keep aside.
- Now heat the saucepan with ghee /oil and add tomato paste along with turmeric powder and required salt (if using). Let it boil for 5 minutes on medium-low flame.
- Add 1 cup of water now and boil it again until frothy. Don't boil after that as it will not taste good. Switch off the flame once done.
- Boil the rasam in low medium flame. That is the key to make good tasting rasam.
- Adjust spices according to your preference.
- The color of the rasam depends on the type of tomato used.
- Switch off the flame once it’s frothy otherwise it may taste bitter.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.
- Salt or sugar is not advisable for babies under one year.