Authentic Thai Recipe Ingredient: Toasted Ground White Rice

Photo of Toasted Ground White Rice and How it is Used in Authentic Thai Recipes.

Toasted Ground White Rice

Toasted and ground white rice (ข้าวคั่ว) is used as an ingredient in certain Thai foods, most notably Larb. It serves as both a thickening agent for sauces, similar to flour, as well as adding a nutty flavor.

The rice uncooked long grain white rice is toasted in a wok or pan over medium heat for several minutes until it becomes evenly browned, then it is ground using a mortar and pestle until a smooth powdery flour is obtained. The powder is sprinkled on foods to give texture, flavor, and to thicken sauces.

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