I diagnosed myself for gluten intolerance after a lifetime of bizarre, seemingly unrelated afflictions. If my doctors had their way, I would have already undergone neck surgery, still be on 3 different inhalers for asthma, be vomiting daily and having chronic panic attacks. However, since eliminating gluten from my diet in May 2009, I no longer suffer from any of those things. Even with the proof in the pudding (or gluten) my doctors now want me to ingest gluten to test for celiac-no can do.
I never thought I would get to eat tempura again, once I went gluten-free. Then I found this recipe. Not only is the following tempura batter recipe gluten-free, it is also, egg-free, dairy-free, corn-free, nut-free, and soy-free.
I never thought I would get to eat tempura again, once I went gluten-free. Then I found this recipe. Not only is the following tempura batter recipe gluten-free, it is also, egg-free, dairy-free, corn-free, nut-free, and soy-free. In fact, there are so few ingredients in this batter, that most diets can probably eat it safely. Tempura can be made for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. I don't like to eat too many greasy or fried foods, so I like to eat tempura as a side dish combined with rice and a salad for a more balanced meal. This is a thin, but crispy batter, which is a nice light alternative to other heavier tempura batters.
Tempura Vegetables (Gluten-Free)
Batter Serves: 6
Serve with traditional Tentsuyu dipping sauce
¼ cup gluten-free vegetable stock, or dashi if you have it
1 Tablespoon Sugar or sugar substitute
¼ cup gluten-free Tamari
1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
¼ cup Water
Heat all the sauce ingredients in a small pan until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
Note: The thicker the vegetable, the longer it will take to cook. You may want to blanch thicker vegetable like sweet potato before frying. Softer vegetables like mushrooms and eggplant do not require blanching. Also, try to cook like-sized pieces to avoid over or under cooking. I cut my vegetables into approximately 1 inch pieces in length, and ¼ inch in width. Avoid overcrowding your veggies and leave plenty of room to keep them from sticking together. Also if you use meat, be sure your meat is cooking thoroughly to avoid eating raw or undercooked meat.
When you drop a batter coated veggie in, little pieces of batter will explode off the veggie outward like tempura fireworks. These pieces indicate that your batter is hot enough. The veggies should cook for 40 seconds to 1 minute and feel crispy when you knock them around. You don’t need them to be golden brown, so don’t wait for that.