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Purple Sticky Rice: Purple Sticky Rice is a "sweet" rice. It's natural sweetness and nutty flavor lend more to dessert recipes than savory recipes. Purple Sticky Rice is almost always used in sweet foods, like the famous Asian black rice pudding. Even though it's referred to as sticky rice, purple sticky rice is not the whole grain version of white sticky rice, a common misconception. Purple sticky rice is a breed all it's own. The color comes from the dark hull, purple sticky rice looks like a short, stocky, purple wild rice. The cooking water will turn a deep purple color and will stain anything cooked with it including white rice.
Purple Sticky Rice has lots of fiber and antioxidants, and a nuttier flavor than white sticky rice. It's good for you, even when it's cooked into a dessert! Purple Sticky Rice is commonly cooked with coconut milk, sugar, eggs and a few other ingredients, and then mixed with fruit or other sweet treats. It is currently enjoying a little bit of a stretch into savory foods as an addition to salads and vegetable dishes, and it can be mixed with other rices to lightly sweeten a dish. Creative chefs are always looking for new uses for old staples...
Purple Sticky Rice can take a while to cook, especially in black rice pudding recipes. It will require soaking overnight, or a slow cooker. Black rice pudding is typically served in a banana leaf with a choice of sweet toppings. Purple Sticky Rice can be found in local markets throughout Asia as a sweet snack, and most of the rice is grown in Thailand, where it is extremely common and popular. In Asia the rice is considered a heavy dish, and is taken in small amounts as a snack rather than as a big dessert like we serve in the West.
Purple Sticky Rice
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