|Some mushroom slices already cooked, some just added to the pan, and some sultana pikelets|
(Now I've read the Wiki entry on tempura, I discovered I was closer to the original than I thought!)
I had my chance this morning, when a friend of my wife's popped round for a coffee. Whilst they were chatting I put a frying pan on with a little oil, poured some s/r flour into a bowl and mixed in enough water to make a thickish batter.
Whilst the pan was heating up I sliced up a large mushroom and some vegan polony. Then I dipped the mushroom into the batter and placed them into the frying pan.
2 or 3 minutes each side was all that was needed, and they were ready for sampling
|Think the cooked ones are the polony slices - difficult to see under the batter - and the ones at the top are mushroom slices|
|Mushroom tempura - so simple, yet so tasty!|
|I just added a tiny bit of water to the batter for the fruit pikelets|
40g self-raising flour
And whatever you wish to use with your tempura. I'm a bit unadventurous, so I started off with mushrooms, which I've always got in the fridge. Then I used polony, banana and sultanas. The mixture was a bit thick for the sultanas - which became pikelets, let's be honest - so I added a little water to slacken the batter. I was amazed at how sweet the banana tempura tasted - just lovely!
Mix the flour and water together and put your frying pan onto a medium heat with a little oil. Slice whatever you're using fairly thinly, dip them in the batter and place them in the frying pan. Cook for a couple of minutes each side.
You could add flavourings to the batter - I'll have to try them with curry powder and herbs, next - but I wanted to use the batter for sweet things as well, so I left it alone.
(However, there's a thought! Curried tempura batter with banana! I reckon that'd be brilliant!)