What is tempura batter?

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2006/07/23 09:09:28 (permalink)

What is tempura batter?

I was watching a show on the TV the other night and they were discussing tempura batter. They suggested using rice flour as they indicated that it created a lighter fluffey batter. In Knoxville we do not have a good selection of grocers. Walmart is about the best.

I have tried doing tempura using regular flour and it never came out right.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
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    lleechef
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    RE: What is tempura batter? 2006/07/23 10:12:09 (permalink)
    Rice flour does work better than wheat flour. However, the approximate proportions are this:

    1 C flour
    1 egg
    1 C COLD water
    2 T baking soda

    Whisk the egg and cold water together. Whisk in the flour and baking soda. There you go......tempura batter!
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    RE: What is tempura batter? 2006/07/23 10:15:40 (permalink)
    Thanks Lchef. Tempura always seems lighter and less greasy than deep fried. I've always wondered what the secret was.
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    roossy90
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    RE: What is tempura batter? 2006/07/23 10:28:25 (permalink)
    I usually just buy the tempura batter mix.. I have found it near the seafood section in most grocery stores..
    The key seems to be ICE COLD water.
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    RE: What is tempura batter? 2006/07/23 14:31:08 (permalink)
    Try the Asian or international food section in the supermarket for rice flour or tempura mix.
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    RE: What is tempura batter? 2006/07/23 16:13:20 (permalink)
    The natural/organic section that's in most large supermarkets these days will also likely have rice flour.

    When I make tempura batter, I just do it like I saw Ming Tsai do it on his show once: start with a cup of rice flour and a big pinch of salt, add club soda or beer while stirring with a chopstick until it's the right consistency, a bit thinner than pancake batter. The carbonation in the soda/beer adds enough leavening that you don't have to bother with anything else.
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    RE: What is tempura batter? 2006/07/23 19:15:54 (permalink)
    Most recipes see suggest using ice water, even with ice chips to give the best texture. Don't let it sit---use immediately. Lucky's suggestion of club soda---I use it in waffles and it's great so I think it's worth a try.
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    RE: What is tempura batter? 2006/07/24 16:42:17 (permalink)
    Three key elements...ice water, ice cubes in the batter and 375 F oil.
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    RE: What is tempura batter? 2006/07/25 14:14:51 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by JohnRF

    Try the Asian or international food section in the supermarket for rice flour or tempura mix.


    I have used a boxed tempura batter {I get it near the "Shake & Bake", where dry onion ring and fish batter are} and club soda, with great results. I usually make all kinds of deep-fried veggies with this batter. YUM!!
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