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When you use a rice cooker, you start by putting water and rice into a metal bowl, under which is a heater and a temperature sensor. When the rice cooker is switched on, the heater starts heating the bowl, conducting heat into the water, and the rice. The mix heats up until it begins to boil, and the heat becomes steam that rises from the bowl. The rice grains start to absorb the water while becoming less connected to each other, so you need to add enough water for the rice to absorb and swell, but not enough to break them down completely into goo. When all the water is absorbed by the rice, the heater will still be pumping heat into the bowl, but it won’t have any loose water left to remove, so the temperature of the bowl quickly rises and the mechanism inside the rice cooker turns the heat off.
This recipe is very easy and only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. The first step to cooking sticky rice in a rice cooker is gathering all the ingredients, which are Thai sweet rice, salt, and water. Place two cups of the rice into the rice cooker, then add 2 ½ cups of water to the rice and stir. Let the rice sit at least 40 minutes and to a maximum of 4 hours. Sweet rice has a hard shell that needs to soften for it to be sticky. Afterward, add ½ teaspoons of salt and stir well. Turn on your rice cooker and let it cook. When the machine indicates the rice is done, let the rice sit inside for at least 5 extra minutes. Sticky rice gets stickier the longer you let it sit, so plan ahead if you want it extra sticky.
Before starting to clean your rice cooker, make sure to read the manual to see which parts are removable for easier cleaning, and what you should pay attention to. You can always find manuals online with the model name. Let your rice cooker cool down and unplug it from the wall. Take the inner pot out and soak it in hot dishwashing detergent either overnight or until you see all the food come off. Rinse it until there is no soap and dry with a soft towel. Soak the cups, spatulas, streamer tray, and anything else that can come loose from the cooker. Be sure to clean the lid gasket too. Clean the heater when it is completely cooled. Then, wipe the inside of the cooker, the control panel, and the lid with a soapy sponge or cloth. Do not scrape or use abrasives. Let everything air dry for a few hours before storing it.
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