Mixed Vegetable Tempura

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Tempura is an ancient and delicate dish that is prepared in many parts of the Asian world, most notably Japan. The light and crispy taste makes it a favorite, and it is so easy to prepare. Like its Indian neighbor the pakora, tempura can be served with a meal, or as a snack on its own.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups mixed vegetables such as carrots, zucchini, or cabbage
  • 2/3 cup white flour
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • Oil for deep-frying such as safflower or peanut oil

Instructions

  1. Cut all vegetables into julienne strips (long and thin) and set aside.
  2. Mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder, curry powder, salt, and pepper in mixing bowl.
  3. Add water and stir until smooth.
  4. Heat oil in wok or deep fryer. Temperature should be between 360 – 370 F.
  5. Dip vegetable pieces in batter and drop carefully, one at a time, into hot oil.
  6. Fry for 1 – 2 minutes on each side and remove with slotted spoon.
  7. Serve with sweet and sour dipping sauce.

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