Total time: 20 minutes, plus overnight soaking
Servings: 2 1/2 quarts
Note: Inspired by Juan Antonio of Oaxacalifornia. Soak the rice the day before. Agave nectar is available at Trader Joe's stores, Whole Foods, Ralphs and other well-stocked supermarkets.
4 cups long grain white rice
3 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup agave nectar
Chopped toasted pecans for garnish (optional)
Diced cantaloupe for garnish (optional)
1. In a large bowl, combine the rice and cinnamon sticks. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil, then pour the hot water over the rice and cinnamon. Cover and allow to soak overnight.