Hot sticky rice in old wooden steamer
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Basic Sticky Rice Recipe

White sticky rice makes the perfect accompaniment to almost anything! Make the perfect rice with this simple recipe. 
Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Rice, Sticky Rice
Appliance: Stainless Steep Pot
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Raksha Hegde


  • 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.
    Fresh rice sprig and a small sack of white rice falling on a wooden table
  • 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!).
    Sticky rice in a container