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veggie tempura

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By: Candice Kumai

veggie tempura

野菜の天ぷら、やさい の てんぷら Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer

Fresh veggies, battered and deep-fried into crisp tempura and dipped in tempura sauce is everything in Japan. It’s always okay to find balance in your lifestyle. I’ve learned from the Japanese that as long as you are active and living a healthy lifestyle, you can always indulge. Try this recipe out as a weekend treat and share with your friends!


1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour

4 cups rice bran oil (kome abura); (see Note)

1 large egg

11⁄4 cups ice-cold water or seltzer water 1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cornstarch
Maldon or other sea salt, for finishing

(Approximately 10 cups of your choice of starchy veggies)

Sweet potatoes, skin-on, thinly sliced into disks

Kabocha squash, unpeeled, thinly sliced into half-moons

Green beans, trimmed

Shiitake mushrooms, whole, stems removed

Onion rings, sliced

Large carrots, peeled, sliced

Shaved burdock root, peeled, thinly sliced on the bias

Lotus root, sliced

Okra, top trimmed, sliced

2 tablespoons cake flour, for lightly tossing the veggies in before deep frying

Line a large baking sheet with paper towels.

In a large bowl, combine the veggies of your choice and toss lightly with 2 tablespoons of the cake flour.

In a large pot, carefully heat the oil over medium-high heat.

 In a separate medium bowl, add all batter ingredients and whisk until combined to make batter. Grab a small

handful of the flour-coated veggies and carefully dredge them in the tempura batter, lightly coating them. Carefully lower the batter-coated veggies into the hot oil and fry.

When the veggies are golden brown and float to the top, use a slotted spoon, spider, or chopsticks to carefully trans- fer them to the prepared baking sheet to drain excess oil.

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