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Laotian Sticky Rice (Khao Niew)

Sticky rice is served with every Lao meal. Surprisingly it is a glutenous rice that is actually gluten free!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Laotian
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 342kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 2 cups of sticky rice about 1/2 cup per serving
  • water for cooking


  • Put the rice in a bowl and cover with water, let it soak overnight
  • Drain the rice and rinse with cold water a couple times
  • Put water in the pot and bring to a boil
  • Place the rice in the bamboo basket and set it on top of the pot making sure the basket is not in the water.
  • Cook for 15 minutes and then holding the sides of the basket flip the rice over like you would flip an omelette. In one swift movement.
  • Cook for an additional 5 minutes
  • put the rice in individual bamboo baskets or in a bowl and serve hot.
  • The rice will be sticky and tender. Use a wooden spoon to serve.
  • Enjoy!
  • Note: if you are using a steamer basket instead of the specially made bamboo basket, do the same thing except place the rice in some cheesecloth, so you can flip it over.


Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 6g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.5mg