• Ingredients: 37
  • Serves: 1

Khao khua (toasted-sticky rice powder) with uncooked thai sticky rice.


Tex-Mex Jaew:

  • 1 small onion, halved
  • 1 tomatillo, husk removed, rinsed
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 dried guajillo or New Mexican chile
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, trimmed, tough outer layer removed, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsps. fish sauce
  • 2 tbsps. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsps. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsps. light brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cumin

Rice and Assembly:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 corn tortillas, torn into 1″ pcs.
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, with seeds, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 3 large eggs, beaten to blend
  • 3 cups cooled cooked jasmine rice
  • 2 ounces cheddar, cut into 1/4″ pcs.
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • Hot sauce
  • MSG

sugar-pecan topping

cinnamon-sugar filling

The alioli

To serve:

  • Special equipment: Blender; spaetzle maker, food mill, or colander


  1. Step 1 Put the rice in a bowl, add enough water to cover by an inch or so, and let the rice soak at room temperature for at least 4 hours or overnight.

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  2. Step 2 (If you’re in a rush, you can soak the rice in hot tap water for as little as 2 hours.) Drain the rice very well, then lay the rice out on kitchen towels until it’s dry to the touch.

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  3. Step 3 Your goal is to toast the rice slowly so the grains toast all the way through before getting too dark on the outside, stirring constantly so the grains cook evenly.

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  4. Step 4 Cook, stirring almost constantly, until the rice is evenly golden brown. After 15 minutes or so, you should see the grains begin to change color.

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  5. Step 5 After 30 minutes or so, the grains will have turned light golden brown. After 45 minutes to 1 hour, they will be golden brown, close to the color of peanut butter, and have a very toasty aroma.

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  6. Step 6 Ideally, every grain will be the same color, but you’ll inevitably have some grains that are slightly darker or lighter.
  7. Step 7 Let the toasted rice cool slightly, then grind it in a spice grinder (or even better, in a burr grinder), in batches if necessary, until you have a powder with the texture of coarse sand or kosher salt.

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  8. Step 8 The powder keeps for several months in an airtight container in a cool, dry place (not the fridge), though the flavor will begin to deteriorate after several weeks.