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Spicy Tempura Sweet Potatoes

There’s nothing quite like deep frying to get people to eat their veggies, right? In this recipe, a light, crisp batter combines nicely with the natural sweet flavor of the sweet potatoes. Served with a tart dipping sauce, this is food heaven . . . and loaded with carotenoids for health, but no one needs to know.

Makes 5–6 servings

Ingredient List: 

2 sweet potatoes, thinly sliced on the diagonal, do not peel

Batter
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
½ cup semolina flour
Sea salt
Generous pinch chili powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon kuzu, dissolved in
3 tablespoons spring or filtered water sparkling water

Dipping Sauce
Soy sauce
Fresh lime juice
avocado oil for frying

Step By Step Instructions: 
Slice the sweet potatoes and cook them in boiling water for 3 minutes. Transfer to a kitchen towel and dry them completely.
 
Make the batter by combining flours, salt, spices and baking powder. Stir in dissolved kuzu and enough sparkling water to create a thin batter, as for pancakes. Set aside for 5 minutes.
 
Make the dipping sauce by whisking together equal amounts of soy sauce and lime juice.
 
Heat 2 inches oil in a deep pot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, dip sweet potato slices in batter and fry until golden, about 2 minutes. Drain well and serve with dipping sauce on the side.
 
COOK’S TIP: You can keep the sweet potatoes that are fried in a warm oven so they stay crisp while you fry the balance of them.