When you think of healthy eating, do you think of fried foods?
I didn’t think so.
With all those rancid oils oozing PUFAs, why would you?
Except…that’s not really how it works. Fried foods are not necessarily bad for you. In fact, some would call these rather healthy…
Anyway, I follow the 80/20 rule. Not everything has to be perfect all the time.
I like the slightly savory flavor of curry powder and paprika with this honey-sweetened batter, and used it to make super quick onion rings.
The trick is all in the oil. If you use a heat-stable fat like coconut oil, palm oil, lard or tallow, you can fry to your heart’s content without worry.
And that’s exactly what I did in this recipe.
Plus, it’s a fabulous way of using up sourdough starter.
Sourdough Honey Batter Recipe
- Frying pan (I recommend this one)
- Fork or slotted spatula
- 1 medium-sized bowl for batter
- 1 container for dredge
Ingredients for Batter
- 1/2 c. sourdough starter
- 2 tbs arrowroot powder (or organic cornstarch)
- 1/4 c. liquid (I used milk, but you can use broth, beer, or any other flavor-punching fluid)
- 1 tsp raw honey (maple syrup would be dreamy in these)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- dash paprika (optional)
- dash curry powder (optional)
- heat-stable fat (I used coconut oil)
Ingredients for Dredge
- Arrowroot powder (approximately 1/2-1 c. in total; feel free to substitute sprouted flour)
- Sea salt (1/4 tsp or so)
1. Whisk batter ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Batter will be thin, but viscous enough to stick to your ingredients.
2. Heat cooking fat in a pan on medium-high heat.
3. Dredge your chosen victim through salted arrowroot powder, and then dip into batter.
4. Fry in hot oil until golden brown. Remove from oil and strain.
This recipe is incredibly…
Versatile. You can use it on anything you want! The flavor combinations are endless, and the crispy crunch of the arrowroot powder makes whatever you cook completely addicting.
But, it could also be used to fry chicken, green beans, cheese balls (drooool), or anything you’d like. If the item fried is dry, feel free to use an egg white wash (1 egg white plus a spoonful of water whisked together). This would make the frying a 3-step process, but will get you a lovely, crispy skin.
Quick Fried Onion Rings
As you can see above, I fried onion rings. I then ate them one right after the other, burning my mouth in the process. It took about 2-3 minutes on each side (if that). Drain on a cooling rack or paper towels, if need be. They’d be deeee-vine with this homemade Thousand Island dressing.
Next up for this batter? Fried chicken…or just another round of these scrumptious onion rings!
Do you enjoy fried foods at all? Have you ever made your own batter? Tell me below!