Authentic Thai Recipe Ingredient: Glutinous Rice

Photo of Glutinous Rice and How it is Used in Authentic Thai Recipes.

Glutinous Rice

Glutinous rice, commonly referred to as sticky rice, sweet rice, or waxy rice, is a type of rice grown mainly in Southeast and East Asia, which has opaque grains, very low amylose content, and is especially sticky when cooked. It is called glutinous in the sense of being glue-like or sticky, and not in the sense of containing gluten.

In Thailand, glutinous rice is known as khao niao. Northern Thais (Lanna people) and northeastern Thais traditionally eat glutinous rice as their staple food. Southern and Central Thais, and northeastern Thais from Surin Province and neighboring areas who were influenced by the Khmer-Thai people favor non-sticky khao chao (steamed long-grain white rice).

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