Wash rice under cold running water until water is almost clear. Place sweet rice in a bowl and cover it with fresh water. Let it sit for 12 hours or overnight, then drain. Spread the sweet rice in a thin, even layer on a colander, sieve, or steam rack lined with cheesecloth. Cover with lid and cook over rapidly boiling water for 25 minutes. Sprinkle lightly with salt, then steam for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until rice is tender and translucent. Add extra boiling water to steamer if necessary. 1 cup of uncooked sweet rice makes about 2 cups of cooked rice.
NOTE: Use sweet rice to prepare traditional Japanese Sekihan (Red Bean Rice), Ohagi(Red Bean Mochi) or Sakura Mochi (Cherry Blossom Mochi).