Wash the rice well by rinsing it through several changes of water. Drain rice and place it in a heavy one-quart saucepan.
Add the one and one-half cups water. Cover and bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to moderate. Let cook for ten minutes. Reduce heat to very low and steam rice for ten minutes longer. At no time during cooking should rice be stirred. Saucepan must be kept covered during entire process and until rice is ready to be served.