2 cups white long grain rice, such as jasmine or basmati
Put the rice in a medium bowl and fill with cold water. Gently agitate the rice to loosen any dust and sediment clinging to the rice and drain through a fine mesh sieve. Repeat 2 more times.
Transfer the rice to a medium saucepan and shake the pan to level the rice. Add enough water so that when you place the tip of your index finger on the top of the rice, the water comes up to the first crease (joint) of your finger. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and place over high heat. As soon as the rice comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes. Transfer the rice to a large bowl and fluff with a heatproof spatula.