Sep 13, 2009
The beauty of this tempura batter is that it doesn't contain eggs, making it vegan-friendly, so everyone will be able to enjoy this crispy side dish.
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How can you tell if your oil is hot enough? When you drop a batter
coated veggie in, little bits of batter will explode off the veggie
outward like tempura fireworks. These bits, called tenkasu, are a good
indication that your batter is hot enough. The veggies should cook for
40 seconds to 1 minute and feel crispy when you knock them around. You
don't need them to be golden brown, so don't wait for that.
Most vegetables will cook to the perfect tenderness in that time,
including harder ones like carrots if you keep their width to 1/4″
thick. For harder vegetables like squash or sweet potatoes, you may
want to briefly blanch them to get them going before frying. But
broccoli, mushrooms, and green beans or snap peas don't require any
pre-cooking at all.