STEP ONECOMBINE 1 cup flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder, milk and egg in medium bowl. Stir until smooth. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
STEP TWOMELT shortening to a depth of 2 or 3-inches in deep fryer or deep saucepan. Heat to 365ºF. Heat oven to 200ºF.
STEP THREEPLACE 1/2 cup flour in plastic bag. Add vegetables pieces a few at a time. Shake to coat. Shake off excess flour. Dip vegetable pieces in batter. Let excess drip off. Fry in shortening 3 or 4 minutes or until golden brown. Turn as needed for even browning. Drain on paper towels.
STEP FOURPLACE fried vegetables on heat-proof plate or pan in oven to keep warm until all vegetables are fried. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Serve immediately.