Cooking rice can be difficult. I've had the most success with this method. With rice, once the lid is on no peeking!!
1 cup brown rice
1 1/2 cups water
Add water and rice to a pan and bring to a boil.
Lower to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes remove from heat and let sit covered 10 - 20 minutes.