Tempura works well as a sharing starter or even as a canapé! You can make the batter couple of hours ahead and simply fry when you need it. You can use any sparkling liquid here: lager, ginger beer or champagne!

Serves 2



  • Vegetables such as asparagus, red pepper, broccoli or thinly sliced courgettes
  • Raw Prawns
  • 50g corn flour
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chilli powder (or to taste)
  • Ice cold sparkling mineral water


Preheat oil in a pan or a deep fat fryer to 190C
For the tempura- mix the flours and spices together
Add water in gradually until desired consistency (of single cream) has been reached
You can test this by frying a piece of vegetable, until nice and crispy, the batter should not be thick and doughy and you should be able to see the colours underneath
The vegetables and prawns will take around 3 minutes, but check the prawn are pink (not grey) and cooke through
Fry the rest and serve immediately