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Old 11-25-2011, 12:22 PM   #1
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"Starchy and Soft" Rice

I am about to start a recipe for Rice Cakes that calls for the rice to be cooked to a "starchy and soft" state. I assume that requires cooking it longer and with more liquid than usual. Is my assumption correct and, if so, how much more water will do the trick and, if I use a rice cooker, does the same proportion apply?


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Old 11-25-2011, 05:59 PM   #2
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The nature of rice cakes means that a stickier rice is preferred. Short grain rices are stickier and softer. Obviously, "sticky rice" used in suchi is very, well... sticky. Medium grains, like Valencia or Arborio are creamier. If you must use long grain, use more water than normal, and cook until all the water is absorbed. It will be softer than normal, but soft is really sort of mealy and isn't really "sticky," which is what you would like to hold the cake together. And don't rinse before cooking. You want all the starch.

Follow your rice cooker directions, which I suspect will call for a little more water than rice. (I don't use a rice cooker.) And the advise about not washing may not be valid with all Asian rices. Some imports have had talcs and/or starches added, and I want to wash those and trust to the starchy nature of those rices on their own. The amounts of water recommended assume fresher rice. Older rice needs more water.
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