Cooking sweet rice in a rice cooker is one of my favorite things to do. I love the sweet flavor and texture that it brings to dishes like fried rice, chow mein, and even desserts!
If you’re interested in cooking sweet rice too but aren’t sure how to go about it then this blog post will give you all the information you need on how to cook sweet rice in a rice cooker.
Sweet rice is very good for you and it has a sweet flavor which is why I like to use sweet rice in many different dishes. This type of rice will give you the best sweet rice dish so it is important to know how to cook sweet rice in a rice cooker.
What is sweet rice
Sweet rice is a sweet type of rice that has a sweet flavor and sweetens dishes such as fried rice and chow mein. Sweet rice is also known as fragrance rice, glutinous or sticky rice, pearl rice, sweet samba, etc.
This type of rice is different than the regular white or brown variety in that it’s quite sticky in texture and usually requires some form of sugar to offset its natural starchiness.
Sweet Rice Health Benefits
Sweet rice has many benefits. People who are diabetic should eat sweet rice because it prevents them from going into a diabetic coma which can cause death. You don’t have to eat a lot of sweet rice to get the sweet rice health benefits either. It’s a very healthy alternative for people who enjoy sweet rice dishes but want something good for them too.
Having sweet rice in your diet is not only healthy, but it also gives your dishes a sweet taste that other kinds of rice don’t bring. If you are trying to make healthier versions of your favorite sweet rice dish then I recommend you use sweet brown rice instead of white. Brown rice is healthier for you and has more nutrients in it which are essential for maintaining your health.
How to make sweet rice in a rice cooker
Sweet rice can be prepared easily if you follow the correct instructions. It is prepared with the addition of sugar, honey, or other sweeteners. There are different methods of cooking sweet rice, but most often it is made in a rice cooker.
The sweet rice recipe I recommend is one that was taught to me by my mom. She learned it from her mother and has been using this method for sweet rice for years.
Here are the ingredients that you will need for the dish-
- 2 cups Thai sticky rice
- 3 cups water
- Half teaspoon kosher salt
Along with the rice cooker, you will also need a strainer and rice paddle for making the process easier.
If you have collected all the ingredients and the rice cooker, then you are ready to cook sweet rice.
Always start with washing the rice. This will get rid of any dirt or impurities that are in the rice. Rub them against each other to rub off any kind of impurities from the grains. But don’t rub the rice too hard! The grains should be intact after washing.
After you have finished rinsing off any impurities from the sweet rice, put them in a pot or rice cooker and add water. The ratio should be about one part sweet rice to two part water.
Now, let the sweet rice soak in the water for about 20 minutes or more depending on how much time you have to spare. After letting them sit for a bit, drain off all of the excess liquid and then rinse with cold running water until it runs clear. It is important that you do this to keep the sweet rice from sticking to itself.
After you have rinsed off all of the sweet rice, it’s now time to cook them. Fill a pot or a rice cooker with three cups of water and set it on high heat until boiling. Then add in your sweet rice and salt which will make sure that sweet rice has a sweet flavor to it.
Stir the sweet rice in with the water and salt for about ten minutes or until you see that they are starting to soften up. Then turn down the heat so that sweet rice is just simmering, but not boiling anymore. Cover your pot/rice cooker with its lid, and let sweet rice simmer for another 20 minutes.
After the sweet rice has simmered, remove it from heat and keep covered until you are ready to serve them with your meal. The sweet rice should be soft and chewy when they’re done cooking. I also recommend that you add a tablespoon of butter or olive oil to sweet rice that has cooled to add some healthy fats into your diet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How should I store sweet rice after it is cooked?
A: After you have finished cooking sweet rice, take them out of the pot or rice cooker and put them in an airtight container for storage. They will last about five days in the fridge.
Q: How much sweet rice should I have per day?
A: A serving size of sweet rice is about one cup which contains approximately 200 calories and 0 grams of fat. So, if you’re counting your intake for the day then keep this in mind when eating sweet rice.
Q: What are some other sweet rice recipes?
A: sweet rice can be eaten sweet or savory. Try adding some chicken and veggies to sweet rice for a more balanced meal. You could also add fruit such as pineapple, mangoes, strawberries, etc.
Q: Can I get sick from eating sweet brown rice?
A: There are no known health conditions that sweet rice can cause, but it is always best to check with your doctor before eating sweet rice if you have any medical conditions.
Q: Can you eat sweet rice like regular rice?
Yes, sweet rice can be eaten in the same way as regular rice is.
In the end, sweet rice is a great way to eat healthily but still satisfy your sweet tooth. It comes in many different shapes and forms so it’s easy to find one that you like best. You can buy sweet rice online or at any store with an Asian section. Sweet rice will be sure to please everyone who eats them!