Is This Vegetable Soy Tempura or Vegan KFC?

Vegetable Soy Tempura or Vegan KFC?

I was experimenting in the kitchen yesterday, trying to make a vegan, gluten-free vegetable tempura. But what I got looked more like KFC, almost. Soy flour is brown colored, similar to brown sugar, so thus the result.

But this gave me an idea!

Why fight the urge to make what could be a great KFC recipe for vegans, y’know, sometimes coz we crave it once-in-a-while. As far as bad foods go (the stuff that is considered comfort food but not all that healthy to eat) KFC and Lay’s Potato Chips are REALLY the only bad foods I crave.

Otherwise, I eat a pretty strict vegan diet that is more on the healthy side.

Kentucky Fried Chicken, more commonly known by its initials KFC, is an American fast food restaurant chain that specializes in fried chicken. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, it is the world’s second-largest restaurant chain (as measured by sales) after McDonald’s, with almost 20,000 locations globally in 123 countries and territories as of December 2015. The chain is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, a restaurant company that also owns the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell chains.

Vegan KFC Recipe?

  • 1/2 Cup – Organic White Flour
  • 1/2 Cup – Soy Flour
  • 1 Tsp – Baking Soda
  • 2 Tbsp – Potato Starch
  • 1 Cup – Chilled Water
  • 1 Tsp – Himalayan Salt
  • 1 Bunch – Broccoli Florets
  1. Mix the dry ingredients (except the Broccoli) in a large bowl.
  2. Add the chilled water and stir until it’s a thick, smooth consistency.
  3. Heat up a deep fryer.
  4. Thoroughly dip the vegetables (in this case Broccoli only) in the Tempura mixture. Use tongs or chopsticks.
  5. Gently place in the deep fryer and fry until crisp and brown.
  6. Place them in a bowl with paper towels to blot the excess oil.

I Don’t Advocate Fried Foods…

Well, fried foods are comfort foods. Who doesn’t love some fried foods once-in-a-while. I personally try to stay away from the stuff as I’m on a low fat, high carb vegan diet. So, for me fried foods should be an occasional indulgence at the most.

And especially in the Deep South, deep fried cooking is a way of life, and deeply ingrained in the Southern culture. Deep fried okra, fried green tomates, beignets from New Orleans, Southern style fried chicken, and even fried alligator.

At the same time, statistics have shown that mortality rates due to heart disease and stroke are higher in the Deep Southern states than in other states in the U.S.

So, go easy on the fried stuff!

That includes me too.

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Wednesday February 14, 2018 by Carlos Rull
Filed as: Vegan Recipes
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Tuesday July 18, 2017 by Carlos Rull
Filed as: Vegan, Vegan Recipes



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and

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