Tempura recipe

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Tempura, the original Japanese recipe

Learn the recipe for making Japanese tempura with vegetables. 

 

16 December, 2020
Average: 5 (3 votes)

Cuisine

Dietary Consideration

serves for

4

total time

0 HR 30 MIN

ingredients

Eggplants
1, large
Zucchini
2
Carrots
2
Bell Peppers
1
Asparagus
10
Sage
20, leaves
Cauliflower
1, small
Rice Flour
300 g
Sparkling Water
500 ml
Vegetable oil
500 ml

Preparation

Colourful and delicious, tempura is a typical Japanese recipe. Foods fried in this way are crisp and extremely light, and thanks to a batter prepared with rice flour, highly digestible. Tempura is a method that can be adapted to a great many ingredients but we are presenting this recipe in a vegan version. Here’s how to go about it.  

Step 01

asparagus aubergine for tempura recipe

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Start by preparing the asparagus. Pick them up, one at a time, and exert a slight pressure with your fingertips about half way up the spear. The asparagus will snap at exactly the right point so you will know which part of the spear to throw away. Cut the asparagus spears in half lengthwise. Now trim the aubergine and cut it into stick-like pieces without eliminating the skin. 

Step 02

carrots pepper for tempura recipe

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Peel the carrots and cut them into sticks. Wash the pepper, remove the stem, seeds and internal filaments, before cutting the flesh into strips.

Step 03

courgettes cauliflower for tempura recipe

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Top and tail the courgettes and cut them into sticks using the part of the flesh closest to the skin. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower and divide into florets.

 

Step 04

sage for tempura recipe

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Remove the leaves from the sage. Arrange all the vegetables on a practical chopping board close to the hob ready for frying.

Step 05

tempura batter for tempura recipe

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Now prepare the tempura batter. Place the rice flour in a bowl, add the sparkling water and mix for a few seconds. The two ingredients should blend well but don’t worry if any little lumps form because these will make your tempura even crisper and more enjoyable. 

Step 06

frying tempura

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Pour the oil into a high-sided pan and heat it. To check that the oil is ready for frying, dip a wooden skewer into the pan and, if tiny bubbles start to form immediately, this is when to start frying your tempura.  Plunge the vegetables into the oil and let them fry for a few minutes until the batter is crisp. Using a spider strainer, remove the fried vegetables and place them on a sheet of absorbent paper or special oil-absorbing paper.  When all the vegetables are ready, serve them with a bowl of soy sauce on the side or simply seasoned with a pinch of salt. 

Useful tips and interesting facts

There are numerous ways of preparing batter for Japanese tempura. Some contain egg or wheat flour and the results are always interesting. This recipe is particularly well suited to those who are intolerant to gluten and is perfect for a vegan dinner. Tempura vegetables are cooked for such a short time that they retain their nutritional properties intact and the actual frying is over so quickly that it cannot be described as heavy or indigestible. You can prepare an excellent vegetable stock for risotto with the leftover asparagus stalks and make a velouté soup out of the unused courgette and aubergine pulp. To obtain a perfectly crisp tempura, use very cold sparkling water and, if you can, cool the batter bowl as well.  The thermal shock created by the heat of the oil produces an exceptionally crisp tempura.  

Variants

For a change, you could add prawns to your dish of tempura: remove the shell but not the tail before frying. Other excellent ingredients include chicken or beef cut into strips. On the other hand, when it comes to vegetables, you can give free vent to your imagination and try them all, apart from leaf vegetables and those which would take too long to cook, such as root vegetables.  

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