Summer Vegetable Tempura with Two Dips

Ingredients

  • Assorted summer/fall vegetables (recommended: beans, peppers, sweet potatoes, green tomatoes or tomatillos, okra, onion)
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour per 1 lb of veggies
  • 12 oz (1 can) of seltzer per 1.5 cups of flour
  • About 6 cups of vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 tsp salt per cup of flour

Ingredients for dips/toppings

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • Sesame oil
  • Fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • Lemongrass, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, peeled and minced
  • Chopped fresh chilis, optional
  • 3 Tbsp matcha powder
  • Sea salt
  • Marinara sauce of choice
  • Fresh parsley
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Wash vegetables and pat dry. Remove stems and seeds if necessary. Thinly slice. Pat dry with paper towels.
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and seltzer water. Stir gently to make a batter. Take care to not over mix, you want the bubbles from the seltzer!
  1. Heat the oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed pan (dutch oven would be great) to 350º-375º.
  1. Dip veggies in the batter to coat, then fry until crispy and golden, gently stirring if necessary. If you have more than one batch, set aside on a rack set over paper towels to drain without getting soggy.

Dip 1 – combine soy, honey sesame oil, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, and chilis. Gently warm, then allow to steep until serving time.

Dip 2 – combine matcha power with fine sea salt to taste and use as a dry dip or sprinkled garnish.

Dip 3 – grind fresh parsley, parmesan cheese, and 1 clove fresh garlic into a sprinkling mix. Toss tempura vegetables with mixture and serve with marinara for dipping.

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