Toasted ground rice

បាយដំណើប

Toasted ground rice is a unique and flavorful ingredient in Khmer cuisine, adding a nutty aroma and a slight crunch to dishes. This ingredient is made by dry-roasting rice grains until golden brown and then grinding them into a fine powder. It is commonly used as a thickener and flavor enhancer in salads, dips, and marinades, contributing both texture and a rich, toasted flavor.

Toasted ground rice is particularly prominent in traditional recipes such as laab (a meat salad) and various dipping sauces, showcasing its ability to complement the fresh and vibrant flavors of Cambodian cooking. Its use reflects the ingenuity of Khmer culinary practices, turning simple rice into a versatile component that deepens the taste and complexity of their dishes.