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Lotus Root Tempura



  • 2 medium-sized lotus roots, cut into 1/8 inch or thinner slices
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 2 TB cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ener-G
  • 3/4 cup fizzy water (add a little more if needed to thin the batter out)
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • salt
  • ponzu sauce or equal parts mirin and soy sauce, for serving


  1. Heat several inches of oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. While you are waiting for your oil to heat, combine the rice flour, cornstarch and Ener-G in a shallow and wide bowl. Add in the fizzy water and gently whisk until well combined.
  3. Test your oil by throwing a pinch of batter into it—if it sizzles immediately, you are ready to fry. Dip one of the lotus root slices into the batter, remove it, then hold it horizontally for a second or two to allow the batter to run through the holes in the lotus root.
  4. Fry only one or two pieces of lotus root at a time until golden brown—about three minutes. If you make too many at once, the cold batter will reduce the oil of the temperature and you’ll end up with soggy and oily tempura.
  5. Place the fried tempura on paper towels to drain, and sprinkle with a bit of salt.
  6. Serve it with ponzo sauce or make a similar sauce by combining equal parts mirin and soy sauce.