Serves: 5 | Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes
Vegetable Tempura

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Eden Safflower Oil, for deep frying tempura
  • Tempura Batter
  • 1 cup organic unbleached white flour
  • 1/3 cup organic corn or pastry wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Eden Kuzu Root Starch
  • 1/4 tsp Eden Sea Salt
  • Vegetables
  • 5 broccoli florets
  • 5 whole green beans, remove stems
  • 5 carrot slices, about 1/8" thick
  • 5 small cauliflower florets
  • 5 whole mushroom caps
  • 5 wedges red or green bell pepper
  • Dipping Sauce
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp Eden Shoyu Soy Sauce, or to taste, the dip sauce should be slightly salty
  • 2 Tbsp finely grated fresh ginger root
    or daikon radish

Directions

To prepare the tempura batter, combine the flours and sea salt in a small mixing bowl. Combine the kuzu and water in a measuring cup, mixing until the kuzu dissolves. Whisk the dry and liquid ingredients together until most of the lumps have dissolved. Place the batter in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. Cold batter results in crispier tempura.

Heat the oil in a heavy deep frying pot. When the oil is hot, dip 5 to 7 pieces of vegetables into the batter completely coating them. Place the batter coated vegetables into the hot oil and deep fry until golden and crispy on each side. Make sure not to deep fry too many pieces at one time, as this lowers the temperature of the oil and results in soggy tempura. Remove with a slotted spoon or oil skimmer and drain on paper towels.

To keep the tempura warm while the rest of the vegetables are being fried, place on a paper towel lined tray in a 200° oven. Continue until all vegetables are deep-fried.

Combine the 1 cup boiling water, shoyu and ginger. Mix and place in small dipping bowls. Dip one piece of tempura at a time in the dip sauce before eating.

NOTE: Kuzu makes the batter crispy in much the same way as egg, which is used in traditional tempura batter. The ginger or daikon dip sauce aids in the digestion of oil.

Nutritional Information

Per serving - 137 calories, 1 gram fat (5% calories from fat), 4 gram protein, 30 gram carbohydrate, 9 gram fiber, 0 milligram cholesterol, 173 milligram sodium

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