You might have noticed that several of the recipes on this site require ground roast rice. This is an essential ingredient you’ll find in every Thai kitchen. It lends a nutty flavour to dishes, and also has the ability to slightly thicken whatever it’s added to.
You can buy it ready-made from Thai grocery stores, but making it is extremely easy. It keeps well in an airtight container, so it’s wise to make enough to last a while, to save you making it afresh each time you need it.
Just take a wok or frying pan and add as much uncooked sticky rice as you want. Heat on medium heat (no oil is needed), stirring all the time to prevent it burning. It will become quite fragrant, and once it has changed colour to a light golden brown, it’s ready. Take it off the heat and leave to cool. Then place in a pestle & mortar and grind it to a course powder. Alternatively you can use a coffee grinder to grind it into the desired consistency.
That’s it! Simple.