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I always thought that making sticky rice had to be a production. I don't have room in my small kitchen for an authentic sticky-rice steamer, which some say is the only way to make good sticky rice. But with a little web surfing and some playing around in the kitchen, I devised a foolproof way to make great sticky rice in the microwave! I realize some might consider this heresy but it works:

In a large glass bowl, cover 2 1/2 cups of Thai sticky rice with water and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and return the rice to the bowl. Add 2 1/4 cups of water and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 5 minutes and stir the rice. Microwave 5 minutes longer and stir again. Microwave again until the rice is just tender, about 3 minutes. Let stand covered for 5 minutes.

Perfect every time.

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