I was burnt out on potatoes as a kid, so I much prefer rice. But I dislike both cooking and doing dishes.
The standard method of cooking rice -- 2/1 water/rice ratio, 20 min., one dirty pan and lid -- is great for me. But plain rice is boring and pretty tasteless. I love rice-a-roni, but that's foolishly expensive and I'm leery of whatever chemical concoction they put into it to flavor it.
About the only method I've stumbled on is to throw some curry into the water as it starts to boil. The rice comes out pleasantly yellow and has a nice taste.
My question to other frugalers is this: How else can I prepare rice that is (A) cheap and (B) has a minimal mess and preparation time?
Oh, and I suppose I should say it should be tasty. :-)