Friday, February 12, 2010

Pumpkin and Nori Tempura

Photo by Alessandra Zecchini ©


8 slices of pumpkin, about 2 cm thick

1 sheet of nori seaweed

1 cup of tempura mix

3/4 cup iced water

oil for frying (I used rice bran oil)

salt to taste

Remove the skin and seed from the pumpkin slices. Cut the nori into eight strips and roll each strip around the middle of each pumpkin slice, like a belt. In a bowl mix the tempura mix with the water using a fork. Do not over mix the batter, but leave it a bit lumpy. Heat the oil in a capable frying pan, the oil will be ready when a drop of batter poured into it start sizzling and raise to the surface. Start coating the pumpkin slices with batter on both sides and place them in the hot oil. Fry the slices for approximately 3 minutes, turning once. The batter should look golden and crispy. Place on kitchen paper to remove excess oil and sprinkle with a little salt.

Dipping Sauce:

For the tempura dipping sauce I mix soy sauce with a little kombu stock (recipe here, without the wakame of course). Some people add mirin or sugar, but I prefer not to. Maybe a little grated daikon or grated ginger, if I have it.


  1. Ciao Alessandra!
    Did you pre-cook the pumpkin? Perhaps lightly steam it before frying?

  2. Mamma che gola mi fanno!IDEONA!!!!bacione

  3. ale anche da te è arrivato l'idiota con gli ideogrammi è un robottino virusato non cliccarci sopra e metti la parola di convalida così sparirà per sempre.
    quanto alla foto io ho usato i consigli di per costruire la terza sidebar, na' fatica bestiale e poi carico una foto alla volta aggiungo foto per foto.
    temo di non esser stata chiara. :(

  4. Ciao Giulia, no need to pre-cook the pumpkin (or at least this is what I have learned in Japan...) as long as the slices are not too thick (2 cm is good) they will cook perfectly during frying.

    Grazie Enza, rimosso l'idiota, e quando avro' tempo mi guardero' il sito che mi hai detto :-)

  5. This is a combination I have not seen before. It looks and sounds wonderful. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  6. Yes Mary, the nori seaweed 'obi' is my invention :-)

  7. correggo l'indirizzo

  8. Alessandra what a beautiful way to eat pumpkin. I may have a go, but do a sweeter version instead.


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