Deep fried garden veggies

It’s called Bayam and it’s been innocently growing tall in my garden without me paying much attention to it or having a clue that it was edible.

However, today I was told,  not only that you can eat Bayam as a vegetable, but that it’s especially delicious when coated in batter and fried.

This I had to try.

Bayam growing in my garden - soon to be tempura

Bayam growing in my garden – soon to be tempura

We picked some leaves and took them into the kitchen where Ketut was mixing ‘rice flour’ with an egg and water.  Yaniq finely chopped some onions and chillis adding them to the mix while the coconut oil was getting hot in the wok.

The Bayam leaves were dipped into the mixture, the base of which is used to make pancakes (without the chillis and onions of course!).

Ketut dipping the bayam into the pancake mix

Ketut dipping the bayam into the pancake mixture

The coated leaves were then dropped into the the hot oil and in no time at all I’m eating hot vegetable tempura – well that’s the name the Japanese give to it, but here in Bali it is bayam goreng (fried bayam).

Vegetable tempura - Bali style

Vegetable tempura – Bali style

Hot tempura - from garden to wok to mouth in 10 mins

Hot tempura – from garden to wok to mouth in 10 mins

And, in case you were wondering… it is delicious.

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