Lunch at home is a simple vegetarian sabzi-roti, curds, and salad affair. Like me, Devansh too likes his salads or kachumbers. My husband, Kalpesh doesn’t like having salads in kachumber form though, he likes them raw in the form of sliced vegetables—cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes etc. If Devansh is around Kalpesh when he’s having his lunch, Devansh will happily eat raw veggies with him. But since he has his lunch with me, he mostly ends up eating kachumbers (salads).
Like my other recipes, my salads too are quick and simple and don’t require elaborate preparations. Even though this particular salad is simple, it’s super healthy. I luckily didn’t have to look up nutritional benefits of carrots as coincidentally today’s Bombay Times has done an article “Bite into a carrot” extolling its virtues. Here’s what was written, “Carrots are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. They are rich sources of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, manganese, fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium.” (Source: Bombay Times, The Times of India)
As for the tomatoes, they are a rich source of antioxidants and help us fight several types of cancer. Lemons as we know are a rich source of Vitamin C. But a lesser known fact is that they also contain potassium, calcium, iron, and Vitamin B6. The last ingredient coriander, again is super healthy as it contains eleven components of essential oils, vitamin C, and minerals. So you see this simple, no-frills salad packs quite a nutritional punch. Just a word of caution though, if the carrot is not tender, your toddler will have difficulty chewing it properly. The salad as per recipe given below will suffice for one child and one adult.
Recipe of a low calorie salad made using vitamins-rich carrots and antioxidants-rich tomatoes. Adding lemon ups the vitamin C quotient too.
- 1 cup peeled and grated carrot
- 1 cup chopped tomato
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Pinch of sugar (optional)
- 1 tbsp chopped coriander
- Salt to taste
- Take the grated carrot and chopped tomato in a bowl. Younger kids find tomato peels difficult to chew. So if your toddler cannot chew food properly, peel the tomato before chopping it.
- Add salt, sugar, and lemon juice, and mix well. (If the carrot is fresh and sweet, you don't need to add sugar.)
- Add chopped coriander and mix properly. (Please wash the coriander, actually all the vegetables for that matter thoroughly as your child will be eating them raw.)
- You can add chopped green chili in the salad if you are making it for grownups. (Deseed the chili before chopping it in small pieces.)