This is not Tempura. Tempura is steeped in centuries of Japanese heritage, some chefs honing their skill purely in the art of Tempura, meticulously crafting batter, lighter than the finest lace, around foods in a manner that defies gravity.
This is crispy veg in an air fryer. Don’t get me wrong, it’s delicious, but in its own way. It’s not parading as something else; it just is what it is.
I have always been averse to air fryers, believing they were just some dietary fad, that could never deliver the taste or texture that deep frying gives. Then I won one. My initial reaction was to give it away, but when my close friends urged me to give it a shot, well, let’s just say it’s on several times a day. I now air fry absolutely everything as my taste buds seems to have developed to think that EVERYTHING must now be served fried.
So here we have my daily veg intake, fried, crisp and utterly, lip smakingly delicious.
I use Seasonal veg from my Organic Veg box, so right now its salad onions, broccoli, sugar peas etc. come the winter, sweet potato, cauliflower and squash will shine. Change as the seasons change…
These can also be deep fried if you don’t own an air fryer
500g Mixed Seasonal Vegetables
70g Plain Flour + extra to dust
120ml Soda Water
Sea Salt Flakes
2 tsp Ginger, grated
2 tbsp Shallot, chopped
1 ½ tbsp Brown Sugar
2 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Orange Juice
2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
1 tbsp Sesame Oil
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1. Add all the dressing ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
2. Beat the egg to break it down then gently whisk in the flours. Add the water, whisking gently, a few lumps are better than over whisking.
3. Preheat the air fryer 200C.
4. Dip the vegetables in flour and shake well. Dip in the batter and shake off the excess. Air fry on baking paper for 8 minutes, flipping over after 4 minutes, the baking paper ensures the batter does not stick.
5. Depending on the size of your machine you may need to do this in batches as overcrowding will cause the vegetables to steam rather than crisp up.
6. Once cooked, immediately sprinkle with salt and serve straight away with the dip.
7. If you don’t have an air fryer, these can also be deep fried the traditional way.