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Variation: Two cups cubed cooked ham and/or 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and halved crosswise, may be added to rice mixture after 10 minutes of cooking time. Continue as directed.
For richer flavor: Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil with the water.
Serving Suggestion: Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped green onions, if desired.