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how to make sticky rice (stovetop or instant pot)


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Prep Time: 240 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total: 270 minutes

Servings: 6


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Step 1

Measure rice into a bowl and cover with water by a few inches. Soak for 4 to 10 hours.

Step 2

If cooking on the stovetop:Place a colander inside a Dutch oven or large pot with a lid (it’s okay if the lid sits slightly ajar or there is a small gap above the colander).

Step 3

Add water so that it reaches to just below the bottom of the colander.

Step 4

Drain the soaked rice into the colander and put the colander inside the Dutch oven.

Step 5

Place over medium heat bring to a simmer.

Step 6

Cover the Dutch oven / pot and reduce heat so that the water stays at a low simmer. Steam rice, covered, for 10 minutes.

Step 7

Using a large spatula, flip the rice like it’s a pancake. (This will help it to cook evenly)

Step 8

Put the lid back on and continue steaming the rice for another 10 to 20 minutes, checking it for doneness every few minutes towards the end of the cooking time. (You’re looking for the rice grains to be separate and firm, but stick together when rolled / pressed between your fingers.)

Step 9

Take the rice off the heat, but leave the lid on until ready to serve. Serve rice warm, within 15 minutes of preparing it.

Step 10

If cooking in the Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker: Add 1 cup water to the bowl of the Instant Pot.

Step 11

Using a colander that will fit inside the bowl of the Instant Pot (and is approved for use under pressure), drain the soaked rice.

Step 12

Place the colander with the rice into the bowl of the Instant Pot. (Note: The water should not touch the rice; if needed, add a rack so that the rice sits above the water.)

Step 13

Close and lock the lid.

Step 14

Set the pressure cook / manual setting on high for 12 minutes.

Step 15

Allow the pressure to release naturally for 12 minutes and then manually release.

Step 16

Unlock the lid but leave it on, slightly ajar, until ready to serve. Serve rice warm, within 15 minutes of preparing it.

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