My children love steamed rice. It is so sticky and fun to eat. I use black and white glutinous rice and they roll it into balls and call it “purple snowballs”. Yes! I know it is gross to play with your food… but it is also lots of fun!!
So here’s how to pick your rice:
If you don’t want to run out to the nearest *Asian market then choose a rice that is sticky (a short or medium grain). A good indication is if the rice breaks apart when cooked too long. The rice that has worked for me is glutinous or Jasmine rice, but I think Calrose might work.
Here are some pictures of the rice before and after steaming. (Follow the directions in the recipe below for prepping and steaming your rice)
|Before Steaming- ready to be soaked|
|Wrapped and in the steam basket|
If your kids don’t dive into the rice right out of the steamer than try this fantastic dessert…
Thai Sticky Rice Dessert
1 1/2 cups glutinous white rice
1/2 cup glutinous black rice
1 can coconut milk
4 oz palm sugar
1/4 cup sugar
Dash of Salt
Mix the rice together. Fill the bowl with water and let sit for 4-12 hours.
Drain the water off and wrap the rice in a cheesecloth. Place in a Thai basket and set over a steamer. Steam for 45 minutes or until the rice is completely cooked. Remove from steam basket and put rice in a large bowl.
Melt the milk and sugars in a small saucepan. Pour the sweetened milk over the cooked rice and let sit for 30 minutes. This allows it to soak up the liquid.
Serve with mango pieces on top.
*This online Asian market has more info on the basket and rice: