We are often asked how to make sticky rice. At our home in Thailand we use a traditional Bamboo Rice Steamer. Using a Bamboo Rice Steamer is not essential to make Sticky Rice, you may use any type of steamer, the only difference being that when not using a Bamboo Rice Steamer the rice should be wrapped in a piece of muslin or other clean cloth and raised up a little from the base of the steamer using for example a cake cooling rack to avoid the rice becoming too moist.
How to make sticky rice.
First of all, Sticky Rice is an Asian short or long grain glutinous rice (Oryza glutinosa) that sticks together when cooked. It is completely different from long grain Jasmine or Basmati type rice which can also sometimes be slightly sticky when first cooked.
Sticky or Glutinous Rice is eaten with the fingers. A small lump of rice is pulled off and rolled into a ball using your fingers and then dipped into the food and eaten. Sticky Rice is normally served in small individual bamboo containers but may sometimes be served in a larger container for everyone to share. Any left over rice should be wrapped in a piece of muslin for later use.