Rinse the rice in a colander until the water runs clear to remove some of the starch. Let the rice drain. Put the rice, water, and salt in a medium pot and place over medium heat. When the water begins to boil, stir it once; then cover tightly and lower the heat. Simmer the rice for 15 minutes without lifting the lidâ€”it is wise to set a timer. After 15 minutes take the cover off to check the rice. The water should be absorbed and the rice cooked but firm. Fluff the cooked grains with a fork so they separate. Do not stir it with a spoon or the rice will become gummy. Add a little butter if you like.
Edited: October 14th, 2009