beer-battered onion rings

Recipe from 15 Minute Vegan on a Budget by Katy Beskow (Quadrille, £15) Photography © Dan Jones.

These pub-style onion rings make a great sharing starter using store cupboard ingredients.

Serves 4

500ml (17.5fl oz/2 cups) sunflower oil, for frying

150g (5.5oz) self-raising flour

160ml (5.5fl oz/generous 0.5 cup) beer (ensure vegan)

2 large onions, peeled, finely sliced and separated into rings

If you don’t have beer available, sparkling water makes a similarly light batter, with a less malted flavour.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a low-medium heat while you prepare the batter.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and beer to form a smooth batter.

Working in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan, dip the rings of onion into the batter, then use tongs to carefully drop them into the hot oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until golden. Carefully remove with tongs or a slotted spoon, then drain on kitchen paper. Serve hot.

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