Sticky rice steamer pot and basket is a highly regarded piece of kitchen cookware found in most Thai Kitchen.
It is especially popular in North-Eastern Thailand where sticky rice used to be consumed in place of Jasmine rice.
Nowadays however, the popularity has spread throughout the Country as the Thais consume sticky rice only second to jasmine rice. Even the surrounding regions of Thailand like Laos are into sticky rice and using the steamer pot and basket frequently.
The pot usually comes in the form of a light aluminium and shaped like a "potty" (lol!) This is where you will place your water.
The basket is bamboo woven and is cone-shaped.
But how do you use it?
Ok, first of all you need to soak the sticky rice - preferably overnight so that the rice can be cooked more easily and evenly. Then wash and placed the rice inside the basket.
Fill the aluminium pot with water up to a quarter level.Then sit the basket on top of the pot before you turn on the heat. The steam from the water in the pot will then cook the sticky rice.
The odd thing you will find about this combination of pot and basket is that it does not come with a lid to cover.
You can opt to use a large cheesecloth to hold or wrap the rice for steaming.
My suggestion however, is that you use the lid from one of your saucepan to cover the rice.
You can be forgiven to think that it is going to be a very difficult task to clean the basket once the sticky rice is cooked and consumed. Actually, it is not as hard as you think.
To wash, soak the basket in warm soapy water (overnight if you find that the rice is hardened and is sticking in between the folds in the basket) and loosen the sticky rice from the inside. Rinse and leave the basket to dry before storing away for future use.
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