Toasted rice adds a crunchy, nutty, slightly bitter flavour to dishes, similar to toasted almonds.
It is one of the quintessential ingredients to make Laap - Laotian beef salad.
Traditionally made from glutinous rice, you can substitute regular rice. Be sure to open a window or turn on the fan in the hood of your stove, as making this can get a bit smoky.
Add a cup of rice to a skillet, set on high, and stir constantly for approximately 10 minutes, or until brown.
Transfer immediately to a glass, stoneware or ceramic bowl. Let cool completely, about 10 minutes.
Do not use a plastic bowl, as it may melt.
This is a comparison between the toasted and uncooked rice, to give you an idea of the colour you are aiming for.
Once fully cooled, process the rice in batches, in a coffee grinder for 10 - 20 seconds, depending on how coarse or fine you prefer.
Transfer to an air tight container, such as a mason jar and store in your cupboard. Ready to be used.