This recipe also works well with extra firm tofu that has been pressed and well-dried.
A good tempura batter mix can be purchased from the ethnic aisle of your supermarket. This batter is so light, it will allow the colors of your vegetables to show through and will not absorb much oil. Test your oil to see if it is hot enough by dropping a bit of batter in the oil. If the oil is hot enough, the batter will quickly rise to the surface of the oil.It is best to make your dipping sauce first, or even the day before, so that the tempura may be served without delay once it is hot. This dish is especially nice served on a bed of basmati rice.