I have never ever made tempura before. I was under the (mistaken) impression that it was difficult. How wrong I was. It’s easy peasy and tastes delicious. Pass the batter!
This is based on the delectable Ottolenghi’s recipe…
For 4-6 people you need:
About 1.5 kg of different vegetables (I used onions, peppers, carrots, broccoli, cauli, courgettes)
80g cornflour plus a little extra
80g self raising flour
200ml sparkling water
2 tsp oil
oil for frying
Chop the veggies in to bite sized pieces, taking care to make sure the harder ones are sliced quite thinly.
Mix the flours with the oil, salt and water. Mix lightly. Toss the vegetables in a little extra cornflour and then dip them, one at a time, in the batter. Heat some oil for frying in a large wok. Drop the batter coated veggies in one at a time, taking care not to crowd the pan or the temperature will drop and everything will go soggy. Turn in the oil to ensure even cooking and then drain. Serve with soya sauce and sweet chilli sauce for dipping.