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Glutinous Rice Dessert Recipes

Updated on April 12, 2017

Try this Sumptuous Sticky Rice Dessert Recipes!

Glutinous rice also known as sticky rice is a rice variety that is much stickier and gooey when cooked than the ordinary rice that has become a staple food for many Asian countries. There is something I really love about its gooey texture that is a perfect main ingredient for making homemade sticky rice desserts either baked, fried, grilled and even boiled together with other mixed of ingredients all together. It is definitely a great alternative for pastry dessert as Oriental cuisine has its version of its own.

So, why won't you try to make some of your own, or you can share your own recipes. Or if not, this page will help you to gain more information about sticky rice aside from some awesome dessert recipe ideas all the best in the web.

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History of Glutinous Rice

The history of glutinous rice can be trace back to at least 900 CE, and possibly earlier. Farmers deliberately bred the rice for its sticky qualities, and in Laos in particular, it became extremely popular. Changes in rice cultivation technique and fashion led to a decline in the cultivation of glutinous rice briefly, but there was a resurgence in popularity in the twentieth century.

It is mainly cultivated in Thailand, Laos, and China, and used in the cuisine of many Asian nations. Many Asian markets stock glutinous rice, and some larger stores do as well, especially in areas with a big Asian population. It is also a popular dish at many Asian restaurants, as a stand alone food or as an element in a meal.


Glutinous rice is a type of short-grained Asian rice that is especially sticky when cooked. It is called glutinous in the sense of being glue-like or sticky and not in the sense of containing gluten; on the other hand, it is called sticky but should not be confused with the other varieties of Asian rice that become sticky to one degree or another when cooked.

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The term Glutinuous implies that the rice contains gluten, though it is actually gluten free, with glutinous being used.

Japanese Mochi Rice Cake Recipe

Mochi also known as Mochigome is a traditional Japanese rice cake serve in a special occasion like the Japanese New Year but can also be eaten whole year round.

Its main ingredient is the steamed and pounded Mochi rice in a wooden mortars and pestle to mold and cut it into square pieces shaped. So having a little patience in cooking this special recipe will eventually paid off in the end!

Ingredients in making Japanese Mochi Rice Cake Recipe

1 1/2 cups mochiko, plus more for dusting

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/3 cups water

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons light corn syrup


First off, place mochiko and salt in a large bowl and stir until thoroughly combined. Then combine water, sugar, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved, about 5 to 6 minutes. Make a well in the center of the mochiko mixture and pour in the sugar syrup. Stir until all flour is incorporated. Immediately turn dough onto a work surface lightly floured with mochiko and knead until smooth and elastic, about 4 to 5 minutes; dust with more mochiko as needed to prevent sticking. Don't forget to pinch off tablespoon-size pieces and, using a floured rolling pin or your hands, flatten into 3-inch circles about 1/8 inch thick. Then last dust rice cakes with mochiko and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator or freezer, or use as desired.

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Learn more about making Traditional Rice Cake Recipes

Did you know that the Philippines has a wide variety of regional rice cake recipes.

It is almost everywhere in the region of the country mostly influenced by the ancient Spanish, Japanese and Chinese colonial occupation. It is locally known as Suman or Budbud in Visayan, a regional dialect. It is said that the province of Cainta in Rizal hailed as the country's best makers of Filipino rice cakes and puddings. Mostly cooked using glutinous rice with coconut milk, steamed in banana leaves or corypha and sprinkled with sugar on top.

Some of them are Suman sa Binuo, Suman sa Ibos, Biko from Bicol Region, Suman sa Inantala, Suman sa Lihiya, Sapin-sapin and Puto.

Suman sa Ibos
Suman sa Ibos

Suman sa Ibos is also one great tasting rice cakes originated in the Philippines. It is a mixture of glutinous rice, mixed with salt and coconut milk then poured over young palm leaves locally called Ibus. This is then steamed using water mixed with "luyang dilaw" (Turmeric) - giving it that distinctly yellow colour - and served either with a mixture of shredded coconut and sugar, or latik - (reduce coconut milk until white lumps form and simmer until golden brown).

Suman sa Lihiya

Suman sa Lihiya
Suman sa Lihiya


Suman sa Lihiya is made from soaked glutinous rice mixed with coconut milk is treated with lye, wrapped in banana leaves, and boiled for two hours. It is served especially with either of two varieties of latik - the brown one which has been darkened with extended cooking, and has a stronger coconut flavor or the white one which is more delicate.



Puto is another Philippines' best steamed rice cake prepared practically all over the country and eaten alone, with butter or butter substitute and/or grated fresh coconut or as accompaniment to a number of savory dishes for breakfast.

Puto Bumbong
Puto Bumbong

Puto Bumbong

Puto Bumbong is traditionally made from a special variety of heirloom sticky or glutinous rice called Pirurutong which has a distinctly purple color, soaked in salted water and dried overnight and then poured into bumbong or bamboo tubes and then steamed until done or steam rises out of the bamboo tubes. It is served topped with butter or margarine and shredded coconut mixed with sugar. It is commonly eaten during Christmas season in the Philippines along with bibingka, another type of rice cake



Bibingka is made with rice flour and coconut milk or water. Other ingredients can vary greatly, but the most common secondary ingredients are eggs and milk. It is eaten hot or warm and is slightly sweet with a taste very similar to rice pudding. The top and bottom surfaces (including the traditional banana leaf lining) are also usually charred, adding to the flavor.

Palitaw (Glutinous Rice Dumplings)
Palitaw (Glutinous Rice Dumplings)

Palitaw (Glutinous Rice Dumplings)

Palitaw (Glutinous Rice Dumplings) is a small, flat Filipino rice cake coated with grated coconut, sugar and sesame seed. They are made from malagkit (sticky rice) washed, soaked, and then ground. Scoops of the batter are dropped into boiling water where they float to the surface as flat discs - an indication that they're done.

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If you love cooking Exotic Rice Recipes from around the world, you gotta love this one!

Rice Book: The Definitive Book on Rice, with Hundreds of Exotic Recipes from Around the World
Rice Book: The Definitive Book on Rice, with Hundreds of Exotic Recipes from Around the World

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Filipino Biko Rice Cake Dessert Recipe - (Bicol Regional Rice Cake Dessert)

This is definitely one of my all time favorite Filipino rice cake dessert mainly originated from the lavish coconut filled province of Bicol region. It is a special rice cakes with coconut curdled caramel on top of it. You can surely forget your name in your every bite!

Ingredients in making Filipino Biko Rice Cake Dessert Recipe

2 cups of Glutinous rice (sticky rice)

3/4 cup of sugar

3 1/2 cup of coconut milk

1/8 lb. butter

1 egg, beaten


1 can (15 oz.) condensed milk

3/4 cups rich coconut milk

2 to 3 tbsp. flour for quick thickening


First of all, grate and squeeze out milk from 2 coconuts. Save 3/4 cup of the first milk squeezed out (rich milk) for topping. Dilute the rest of the coconut milk to make 3 1/2 cups. Or use 1 can (12 ounces) frozen coconut milk, saving 3/4 cup of the thick milk for topping and diluting the rest to make 3 1/2 cups. Then, boil rice and coconut milk in a heavy pot stirring constantly to keep from burning (about 15 to 20 minutes). When the rice is done and almost dry, lower the heat and add the sugar and butter. Mix well and set aside. When cool, add the egg. Lastly, spread the rice mixture in a well buttered Pyrex dish (11 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 1 3/4 inch) and bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 20 minutes.

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For the Toppings: Combine all topping ingredients in a heavy saucepan and cook over low heat stirring constantly until thick (about 15 minutes). Pour topping over rice mixture in dish.

How To Make Your Very Own Biko Rice Cake Dessert

This is how to make an easy Filipino Biko Rice Cake Dessert Recipe

Thai Mango Sticky Rice Dessert Recipe - (Khao Niaow Ma Muang)

This is for all the mango lovers out there! You should definitely try this refreshing Thai sweet Mango Sticky Rice Recipe that will tickle your taste buds.

Ingredients in making Thai Mango Sticky Rice Dessert Recipe

1 cup Thai Sweet Rice

1 3/4 cups water

1-2 ripe mangoes, cut into bite-size pieces or 1 pkg frozen mango

1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. brown sugar (or substitute maple syrup)

1 can good-quality coconut milk

1/4 tsp. + pinch of salt

2 tsp. coconut flavoring

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. cornstarch or arrowroot powder dissolved in 2 Tbsp. water


First off you need to do, soak the sweet rice (glutinuous rice) in 1 cup water for 20 minutes, or up to 1 hour. Then the sticky rice can be steamed or made in a pot. To make it in a pot, do not drain. Add 3/4 cup (more) water to the rice, plus 1/4 can coconut milk, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. coconut flavoring, and 1 Tbsp. brown sugar. Stir this into the rice, lifting any rice grains that have stuck to the bottom of the pot. Bring to a gentle boil, then partially cover with a lid (leaving some room for steam to escape). Turn the heat down to medium-low (#2.5 to 3 on the dial).

Allow to simmer for 20 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed by the rice. Remove the pot from the heat, place the lid on tight, and leave to "steam" cook for 5-10 minutes. Now you are ready to make the sauce and serve the dessert right away, or store the rice (covered) in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it.

To Make the Sauce

Warm the rest of the can of coconut milk together with 1/4 cup sugar, a pinch of salt, 1 tsp. coconut flavoring (optional) and 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring over medium heat (5 minutes). Add cornstarch (dissolved in the water) to the sauce and stir to thicken it slightly. As it thickens, turn down heat to low. When thickened, remove from heat. Tip: Try not to boil the sauce, or you will lose that wonderful coconut flavor. Before serving, taste-test the sauce for sweetness, adding more sugar if desired. If too sweet for your taste, add a little more coconut milk.

Makes about 2-4 servings.

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    • davenjilli lm profile image

      davenjilli lm 

      7 years ago

      I had been looking for years for this rice. My neighbor was from Thailand and used to make this for us all the time. We loved to dip it in really hot spicy sauces/or bbq sauce LOL

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! I love Mochi! It was nice to find a recipe AND an easy to follow video....I tried to do it on my own once before....didn't go so well...haha, but I will use the recipe and video in the future. I also liked the history you provided! Interesting!

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      7 years ago

      i like to try some

    • GramaBarb profile image


      7 years ago from Vancouver

      Someday I will try all your scrumptious recipes :)!!

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      7 years ago

      the holder for this on your photo topic was awesome, loved how it decorated up this treat.

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      Pixie Copley 

      8 years ago from UK

      yummm Mochi are amaing, i will have to make some now!

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      ThomasJ4 LM 

      8 years ago

      I've never thought of rice like this, very interesting! Thanks for sharing

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      8 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      bames24 lm 

      8 years ago

      oh wow... I miss biko and suman... ang tagal ko nang di nakakain nyan... :)

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      8 years ago

      Sticky Rice Dessert eat with soomtum eiei

      Thai Cuisine

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      8 years ago

      What a nicely put together lens on a much overlooked dessert

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      8 years ago

      You can buy e-cookbooks for under $0.50 at

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      8 years ago from New York

      Great lens and mouthwatering recipes! Blessings from a visiting Squid Angel on the Memorial Day Squid Angel Tour Bus quest. (As soon as we complete the tour, your lens will be featured on "Wing-it on Squidoo," our lensography of some of the best lenses we've found.)

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      Jackie Block 

      8 years ago from SE Michigan

      I love rice, so versatile you can have it for every meal! Thanks.


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