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What is tempura batter? Sun, 07/23/06 9:09 AM (permalink)
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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    RE: What is tempura batter? Sun, 07/23/06 10:12 AM (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? Sun, 07/23/06 10:15 AM (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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        RE: What is tempura batter? Sun, 07/23/06 10:28 AM (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? Sun, 07/23/06 2:31 PM (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? Sun, 07/23/06 4:13 PM (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? Sun, 07/23/06 7:15 PM (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? Mon, 07/24/06 4:42 PM (permalink)
                Three key water, ice cubes in the batter and 375 F oil.

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                  RE: What is tempura batter? Tue, 07/25/06 2:14 PM (permalink)
                  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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