February Challenge at the Daring Cooks is hosted by Lisa of Blueberry Girl. She challenged us to prepare the famous Japanese dish- Cold Soba Noodles and Tempura. Soba is a kind of thin noodles prepared from buck wheat flour. Cold Soba is a very popular dish in Japan. Tempura is nothing but deep fried fritters. Seafoods or vegetables are dipped in cold batter and deep fried. You can use sweet potatoes,carrots,pumpkin,green beans, green bell peppers,eggplant or onions for the tempura.
This was totally a new dish to me. I liked the taste of the sauce. The tempura tasted exactly like our bajjis. Hubby liked it very much.
|Bell Pepper Tempura with Spicy Dipping Sauce|
|Noodles drizzled with sauce and topped with cucumber|
All Purpose Flour-1/2cup
Red Chilly Powder-1/2tsp
Vegetables cut into slices(I used Green Peppers)
For the Spicy Dipping Sauce:
Spring Onions-3/4cup(finely chopped)
For the noodles:
Buck wheat noodles or any thin Asian Noodles-340gm
1. In a bottle add all the ingredients and shake well until salt and sugar are dissolved.
2. Add 2tbs water and mix well.
3. Adjust seasoning if needed.
1. Boil water. Add a tsp olive oil and add the noodles and let it cook.
2. When done strain the noodles in a strainer.
3. Keep the strainer under running water until the noodles become cool.
4. Refrigerate the strained noodles.
1. Mix all the ingredients for the batter with a fork. The resultant batter should be lumpy and runny.
2. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Keep the batter bowl inside this bowl. This is to maintain the chillness of the batter.
3. Heat oil in a pan.
4. Dip the sliced vegetables into the batter and drop them into hot oil.
5. Remove from oil when the vegetables are completely fried.
I served the noodles in a bowl drizzled with the sauce and topped with some cucumber slices.
Served tempura along.