Pick over the rice and put in a bowl. Wash in several changes of water. Drain. Pour 1.25 litres/2 pints of fresh water over the rice and let it soak for 30 minutes. Leave to drain in a sieve for 20–30 minutes.
Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan over a medium flame. When hot, put in the onion. Stir and fry until the onion bits have browned lightly. Add the rice, g