Vegetables are a versatile food that add nutrition, taste and visual appeal to your meals. You can prepare them in a variety of ways, dependent upon your cooking skills, available ingredients or taste. You will often find batter-fried vegetables at restaurants offering the addition of a delicious fried coating to a food that's normally served plain. Batter-frying is a simple cooking technique you can try at home. You need basic batter ingredients easily found in most kitchens.
Combine 3/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a mixing bowl. These five dry ingredients thicken your frying batter and add flavor.
Beat one egg to a frothy yellow substance. Stir the beaten egg into the dry ingredients.
Add 1/2 cup beer to the egg and flour mixture. Stir well to blend all ingredients. The beer adds a mild flavor and the alcohol cooks out of the batter during the frying process.
Heat at least 1/2 inch cooking oil in a frying pan or deep fryer to a temperature of 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Dip your sliced vegetables in the beer batter so you coat all sides. Fry on both sides, for a couple minutes per side, until the batter is golden brown.
Use your batter for chunks of fish or meat, as well.
Make cheese or other dips to use with your batter-fried vegetables.
Substitute 1/2 cup water for the beer, if preferred.
Discard oil after frying your vegetables. It will retain the flavor of the foods you fried and can affect the next batch of fried food if used again.