“Tempura” 天ぷら is one of my favourite Japanese cuisine! You can eat at a Japanese restraint fancy Tempura with seafood. But I LOVE vegetables!!! I love Veggie Tempura especially when I make it at home.
What is Tempura?
I think that Sushi and Tempura are the most purpler Japanese foods in the world. Tempura is a Japanese dish of seafood that is battered deep-fried. Battered and fried vegetables used to be called “Syojin-age” and were eaten by monks, and distinguished from tempura. Nowadays, no distinction is made and both are called tempura.
Shojin is a Buddhism word. Shojin food is vegan food for monks. Age means “deep fry” in Japanese.
Love owns my grow Veggies!
I also love working in my garden. During the summer we harvested a lot of vegetables. The garden grew zucchinis, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, spinach, beets, kales, basil…
Green beans are a good ingredient for Tempura. It’s easy to grow in your backyard too.
I like to try to use new ingredients for my Japanese cooking. When I was travelling in the Philippines, I discovered the purple yam and instantly fell in love with it. I’ve never seen the Orange Yam before in Japan but when I moved to Canada it was very common and popular.
Good quality Oil … makes a difference!
I highly recommend using Sesame oil. I’m using it for pretty much everything! It also has a very good flavour!
Most important thing is to use fresh oil (any kind of oil) for Tempura. Fresh oil makes for a light taste.
How to make Veggie Tempura?
The secret for good tempura is in the batter and the fresh ingredients. Also, you have to use cold water and fry in the oil at exactly the right temperature.
I will give you a tip on how to make crispy and light tempura in my recipe below!
Step:1 Cut the veggies
Cut the vegetables into sticks or 1/4 inch thick slice.
Step2. Mix the Veggies in Flour
Mix the veggies in flour. (veggies must be damp for the flower to stick)
Step3. Put sesame oil into the pot (medium heat)
Put oil into a small pan about 1~2 inch and medium heat up to 340F.
Step:4 Making Tempura batter
Very simple ingredients for making Tempura batter.
Put flour, salt and black sesame seeds into the bowl.
Tip! How to make crispy tempura?
Put one Ice cube in the bowl to make your batter cold so when you put your veggies in the oil it will be very crispy from the heat.
1/4 cup of water
Dip veggies in the tempura batter.
Step5. Deep fry
Deep fry. It will take 2~3 minutes.
- 1 orange yam
- 1 purple yam
- 8 green beans
- 1 zucchini
- ½ cup flour (Dry)
- ½ cup flour (Wet)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup water
- 1 ice cube
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 cup sesame oil
- Peel veggies skin if needed.
- Cut veggies
- About ¼ ~ ½ inch thickness (I cut the sticks to use for making sushi rolls. But any shape is okay)
- Make sure to cut the veggies are a little bit damp and put flour (dry) on Veggies.
- Put flour all over the veggies.
Deep fry – Oil
- Put oil into the pan or pot. make sure the veggies are completely coverd by oil.
- Medium heart 340F
Deep fry – Batter
- Put ½ cup of flour into the bowl.
- Add ¼ tsp salt.
- Add 1 tsp sesame seeds.
- Add one ice cube into the bowl.
- Add ¼ cup of water.
- Dip veggies into batter
- Veggies and the dip in batter.
- Deep fry 340F about 3 minutes.
- Put on cooking sheet.