I'm not a big fan of deep frying anything really but tempura prawns is something I adore and whenever I get the opportunity I have some. I love tempura zucchini flowers too. My girls like tempura fish fillets and actually if you find some fish on special it's a quick meal to make for the kids - little tempura fish cocktails.
The batter is lovely and light and I like that there's no greasy aftertaste. I love these plainly with just a bit of sea salt and mayonnaise but I also love to make sushi with them too.
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1 egg, whisked
COLD soda water
Oil for frying (I used canola)
12 green prawns
Peel your prawns - I've recently discovered the prawn peeler note to all friends who hate peeling the endtrails from prawns - this is brilliant. Use only raw prawns though - cooked prawns are a bit too tough for it.
Mix your batter in a bowl, simply by adding the flours and egg together and then adding soda water (how I love the soda stream at times like this) please make sure it's cold, because this makes the batter 'bubble'. Mix until is holds together but is runny - like thinnish paint.
Heat your oil and when it is sizzling hot (test it by flicking a bit of batter in there) dip your prawns in the batter ...
...and then straight into the oil for no longer than 15-20 seconds, take out with tongs and place on some kitchen paper.
(Psst check out the competition on the new Howards Storage World online store: win a chef for a night! and 5x $500 vouchers - I love that it's online! I can shop when I'm time poor or just check out stuff before I go instore - I have kitchengadgetitis.)
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