Sticky rice is a staple cereal grain in many Asian countries, but it has a surprisingly large number of health benefits and is increasingly being found in different regions around the world.
What is Sticky Rice?
More formally known as glutinous rice, sticky rice is a particular type of rice that is grown in certain Southeastern Asian countries. The rice grains themselves are uniquely opaque, and they take on a very sticky consistency when cooked. This makes the rice very popular as sushi rice and for other dishes that are traditionally eaten with chopsticks. Although the name glutinous rice makes many people think it contains gluten, this is not the case; the name stems from the glue-like consistency that this rice takes on when it is cooked.
Having been grown for more than 2,000 years in certain parts of Asia, namely China, this type of rice has a very low level of amylose, but a high level of amylopectin, the component that gives the rice its “sticky” texture. Widely used in different ways throughout Asia, it is considered a staple part of diets in Bangladesh, China, Burma, , and the Philippines, among others.
Sticky Rice Nutrition
This form of rice does have a unique protein, as well as roughly 170 per cup of cooked rice. There are also various B vitamins, selenium, zinc, magnesium, copper, and phosphorous. This rice does contain fiber, but not as much as is found in brown rice and other forms of white rice. There is almost no fat or of any kind in this rice.profile that includes high levels of
Sticky Rice Benefits
The decent amount of fiber in sticky rice can help to lower your risk of , as the fiber is able to regulate the release of insulin and glucose into the body.
Many of the B vitamins found in sticky rice are directly tied to the metabolism of the body, including enzyme creation, balance, and other essential processes.
How to Make Sticky Rice?
Many people choose to make their own sticky rice at home, which is surprisingly simple if you follow some basic steps.
Basic Sticky Rice Recipe
- 2 cups sticky rice grain
- 4 cups water filtered
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Choose a bag of long-grain sticky rice from the store or market.
- Soak 2 cups of rice with 4 cups of filtered water in a pot for 3-4 hours. This will help the rice grains absorb the water.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and place the pot over high heat and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium and cover with a lid. Continue cooking for 10 minutes, allowing some steam to vent.
- Do not stir while the rice is cooking. Continue cooking until all the water has been absorbed.
- Serve the rice hot (and sticky!).
Enjoy sticky rice with curries or meat dishes!