Wash the rice and, if it is sturdy and starchy, soak it in warm salted water for about half an hour. Rinse and drain well.
Melt the butter in a deep pan. Add the cherries and the sugar, and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring them carefully. Stir in the caraway seeds and rice, and cover with the water. Add the salt and bring the liquid to the boil for 1-2 minutes. Redu