Crispy Fried Vegetables ( Chinese Cooking )

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A very popular starter in chinese cuisine, this crisp, delicious dish is easy to make and can be whipped up fast. Crisp fried vegetables are quite frequently ordered in indian restaurants too. This recipe recreates the chinese dish to suit the indian palate. It is a good idea to use a variety of vegetables and cut them into thick strips. The batter-fried veggies are coated in a mixture of schezuan sauce, spring onions and garlic giving it a unique flavor. Serve these vegetables as soon as they’re off the pan to savor its crisp, saucy taste all together.

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 4 servings
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For The Batter
5 tbsp cornflour
5 tbsp plain flour (maida)
1/2 tsp ginger-garlic (adrak-lehsun) paste
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper powder
1 tsp lemon juice
salt to taste
oil for deep-frying
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
1/2 cup chopped spring onions with the greens
salt to taste
3 to 4 tbsp schezuan sauce

Other Ingredients
2 cups mixed vegetables (baby corn and cauliflower), cut into long strips

For the batter

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, add enough water and mix well to make a thick batter. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Dip a few vegetable strips at a time into the batter and deep-fry in hot oil till they turn brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok / kadhai on a high flame till it smokes.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté on a high flame till the garlic turns golden brown in colour.
  4. Add the spring onion whites and salt and sauté on a high flame for another minute.
  5. Add the crispy fried vegetables and schezuan sauce and toss lightly. Serve immediately.

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 on 18 Mar 13 10:30 AM

Cabbage, baby corn and capsicum deep fried and then cooked with burnt garlic to give a great flavor. Goes well with chilli sauce or soya sauce.
 on 06 Dec 10 11:58 PM

I love crispy vegetables and I am so glad that this beautiful recipe allows me to have that restaurant kind of perfection at home! even when i make it. Thanks a lot!! :D