Simple Tempura Batter
1 cup of flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2 cups of ice water (you can substitute an equal amount of seltzer water or beer)
At least two inches of Oil for deep frying
Get fancy Optional additions
1 teaspoon baking powder to make it light and fluffy
1/2 teaspoon salt
(Yellow food coloring optional)
Heat oil to 350
Combine all other ingredients. (do not over mix lumps are fine just 5 or six good stirs)
WARNING!!! When cooking mushrooms allow them to cool a bit before serving as the juice from the mushroom is EXTREMLY HOT!!!!
Clean the mushroom with a dry rag (oil and water don't mix).
Tip 1: Ice
Use ice water for the batter. This is really important to prevent the batter from absorbing too much oil.
Tip 2: Batter (Tempura Batter Recipe)
Do not make the batter ahead of time. Try not to over mix the batter and not to coat ingredients with the batter too much.
Tip 3: Frying Order
If you are frying both seafood and vegetables, fry vegetables first. Then, fry seafood. Fry vegetables at 340F degree and fry seafood at 350F degree.