I am having some trouble w/my rice. It always comes out very dense, not airy or fluffy in the least - kind of like a big rice boulder. I have the right equipment - rice from an asian market, and the aluminum pot/large conical bamboo steamer. Once I soaked the rice in cheesecloth for a good 4 hours, the next time I think 6-7 hrs. After eack soak I steamed the rice, covered with a metal pot top, for about 45 min. What am I doing wrong? Can I achieve a fluffier texture? I don't think the rice I get in Thai restaurants is ever as dense as mine turns out.
Second random question - is there any way other than above to prepare sticky rice? Can it be boiled?