My friend Samantha gave me this recipe. It is a really yummy and inexpensive side dish.
To make 4 C. of Panamanian rice
vegetable oil into a frying pan, about enough to coat the pan and maybe more. When you pour the rice in to brown it, you want the rice to be coated in vegetable oil, but not swimming in it.
1 C rice to frying pan. Brown the rice until it gets dark brown.
4 C water
1 C rice
2 t salt
Bring it to a boil and then let it boil until the water and rice are level.
Stir the rice, cover it, and turn the burner to low and let it simmer until the rest of the water simmers out.