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How to Cook Sticky Rice at Home?

Sticky rice, also known as glutinous rice or sweet rice, is a type of short-grain rice that is popular in many Asian cuisines. If you've never cooked sticky rice before, don't worry - it's actually quite easy!

Shubhi Singh
Sticky Rice
Sticky Rice Recipe

Sticky rice is called "sticky rice" because of its unique sticky and glue-like texture, which is achieved through a special preparation process. Assam region of India and widely used in Indian cuisine. Sticky rice is mainly cooked in Assam region of India and widely used in Indian cuisine. In this article, we will explain how to make sticky rice at home, using a traditional method that involves soaking and steaming the rice.

Sticky Rice Cooking Process

Ingredients required –

To make sticky rice at home, you will need:

  • 1 cup of glutinous rice

  • 2 cups of water

  • A large bowl

  • A fine mesh strainer or colander

  • A bamboo steamer or a regular steamer

How to make sticky rice at home –

  • Rinse the rice in cold water using a fine mesh strainer, until the water runs clear. This helps to remove any dirt or impurities from the rice.

  • Place the rice in a large bowl and add enough water to cover the rice by about 1 inch. Let the rice soak for at least 30 minutes, or up to several hours. The longer the rice soaks, the softer and stickier it will become.

  • Drain the rice and transfer it to the bamboo steamer or regular steamer. If using a bamboo steamer, place the steamer over a wok or large pot filled with water, making sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the steamer. If using a regular steamer, place the steamer in a pot or large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.

  • Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Place the steamer with the rice on top of the pot or wok, making sure that the rice is not in direct contact with the water. Cover the steamer with the lid and steam the rice for about 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is tender and sticky.

  • Once the rice is cooked, remove the steamer from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the steam to escape. Using a fork or spoon, fluff the rice and then transfer it to a serving bowl.

Sticky rice is usually served as a side dish to accompany grilled meats, stir-fries, or curries. It is also a key ingredient in many traditional desserts and sweets, such as mango sticky rice and black sticky rice pudding. Sticky rice can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to a month. To reheat sticky rice, simply place it in a steamer or microwave until it is heated through.

There are many variations of sticky rice, depending on the region and culture. In Laos and Northeast Thailand, for example, sticky rice is often made with a variety of fragrant herbs and spices, such as lemongrass and pandan leaves, which give it a distinct aroma and flavor. In China and Japan, glutinous rice is also used to make traditional sticky rice dumplings, known as zongzi or mochi, respectively.

Sticky rice is a delicious and versatile ingredient that adds a unique texture and flavor to a wide range of dishes. Whether you are a fan of traditional Asian cuisine or just looking for a new and interesting way to prepare rice, making sticky rice at home is a fun and rewarding experience. With the simple steps outlined above, you can easily make a batch of perfectly cooked sticky rice in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Several Initiatives are taken up by the Assam government to boost production of Sticky rice in the state. In this series, the Department of Agriculture, Assam together with Sikkim State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation Ltd (SIMFED) will organize Expo one - Organic North East from February 3rd to 5th, 2023. 

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