Toasted Rice Powder

“First you cook rice, but don’t make cook rice. Cook rice in pan.”

Mom’s instructions for making toasted rice powder is one only understood by her children. Fortunately, making toasted rice powder – used as a thickening agent in many Thai dishes – is relatively easy.

As you toast the rice, it will turn into a golden brown color.


2 cups glutinous sticky rice


Pour dry rice into a pot over high heat. DO NOT add any liquids or oils.

Continually stir rice, this prevents grains from burning on the bottom of the pan. As it toasts, it will turn golden brown and start to smell a little like popcorn.

Once rice is adequately golden brown, remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Pour toasted rice into a food processor, blender or coffee grinder. Grind rice grains until they form a coarse powder.

FYI: The traditional method of grinding the rice into powder is to grind with a stone mortar and pestle.

Store in an airtight container.

Toasted rice (before it’s ground into a powder) up close.



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