Basic, simple, plain, ordinary – those are words to describe one of the most common foods around the world. Rice, or to be more specific, long-grain white rice is a part of everyday meals consumed by millions of people. Grocery store shelves are stocked with regular, quick-cooking, and instant versions. I have to admit white rice is way down at the bottom of my list ones I want to eat. There is one exception. The texture is what makes it stand far above the typical. Thai sticky rice is not only good; it has a fun factor too.
What could make rice fun? The soft, sticky grains can be rolled up and used like bread to soak up sauces. Just think of pulling off a small chunk, squeezing and rolling it into a ball, dipping it in sauce, and popping it in your mouth. It’s good even without dunking it in sauce. The chewy texture is the element that takes it from plain to comfort food. It’s feels creamy and yet it is only rice.
How to make Thai sticky rice? You start with glutinous rice. It can be found in Asian markets. It gets its name from being glue-like or sticky once cooked and does not contain gluten. You will need to soak the dried grains in water overnight. Then drain and wrap the soaked rice in cheesecloth. Steam it for a while and it is done. Serve it in a covered dish to keep it moist or it will dry out quickly as it cools. You can always re-moisten it or warm up leftovers with additional steaming.
Which rice is your favorite? And how often do you eat or cook it? A couple more of my favorites are black rice and saffron yellow rice. When it comes to basic and simple, Thai sticky rice tops the list.
Thai Sticky Rice
- 2 cups glutinous rice dried grains
Soak the rice overnight with enough water to cover 3 inches above the rice. Drain and wrap with cheesecloth.
Place rice in the top of a steamer over simmering water. Do not to let the bottom of the steamer touch the water.
Put the lid on the steamer and steam until rice is soft and translucent, about 30 to 35 minutes. Turn the rice over in the steamer after about 15 minutes for even cooking.
Serve immediately in a covered dish. Keep rice covered to stay warm and moist or it will dry out quickly as it cools.
A recipe for Thai Sticky Rice. It is a great side dish simply prepared using glutinous rice. You can roll it up into balls and use it like bread to dip in sauces.
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