Deep-fried pumpkin

    35 min

    Pumpkin is steamed and deep fried and served with white radish (daikon) and dark soy sauce (shoyu) for dipping.


    Sussex, England, UK
    10 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 1 small pumpkin or acorn squash
    • 1/2 teaspoon and a dash sea salt
    • oil for deep-frying
    • 125g plain flour
    • 700ml water
    • 200g breadcrumbs or polenta (cornmeal)
    • 3 tablespoons grated daikon (white radish)
    • 5 teaspoons of shoyu (dark soy sauce)

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Peel pumpkin then cut it into large chunks. Steam for 15 minutes or until just tender. Season with a dash of salt.
    2. Pour 8cm (3 in) of oil into a deep frying pan or deep-fryer and heat to 180 degrees C.
    3. Combine flour, water and the remaining salt to form a batter. Dip the pumpkin chunks into the batter then into the breadcrumbs and place carefully into the hot oil (use a perforated spoon or such like for this move, it is safer).
    4. Deep fry until golden and crisp, then place to drain on kitchen paper.
    5. Serve accompanied with small mounds of daikon radish seasoned lightly with shoyu for dipping.


    Daikon is also called 'mooli' in South Asia and can be found in Asian markets.

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