Clockwise from the top: spinach leaves, string beans (chopped in 4-inch sticks), a few sliced baby eggplants, an avocado and half an onion. You read right. I've tempura-ized the avocado. Hey...some places do it with ice cream. Though, it turned a bit soggy straight out of the fryer. Still good though. Also, if you ever decide to tempura-ize an avocado, make sure you eat it last because it will fill you up.
The batter makes 1 - 1 1/2 c. I served this with a simple soy sauce and lemon dip.
1 c All-Purpose Flour
1 c COLD water
1 egg (beaten)
Your choice of veggies
(Note: To make it a true Japanese batter, use only the egg white. Thanks to Robert-Gilles of Shizuoka Gourmet for the suggestion)
Mix the three ingredients together, do NOT mix it into a smooth batter. You just want to combine them. Lumps in the batter are a good thing in this case.
Preheat you fryer or pot with out at least 3-4 inches deep. until it's about 350˚F.
To know when it is ready, drop a dot of batter into the oil. If the batter immediately floats, you're ready to fry. Make sure you lay out some paper towel or some paper underneath a rack to soak up the excess oil.
Dredge the pieces of veggies in the batter and carefully drop them into the hot oil.
Spinach leaves will take roughly 1-2 min. All other veggies generally take 3-4 mins.
Serve immediately to prevent from getting soggy.
Avocado tempura on the left.