4. Put the rice in a heavy, good quality pan with a tight-fitting lid (like a dutch oven). Add the 1.5 cups of water. Salt the rice, if desired.
5. Turn on the heat to medium high, and allow the water to come to a boil. Turn the heat down as low as possible, cover, and let sit for 25 minutes.
6. Turn off the heat, and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove lid and fluff with a fork. Drain of water.