Risotto, an Italian word describing a unique cooking technique for rice, is gaining popularity in this country as an easy, nutritious way to prepare rice.

This rich, creamy dish is traditionally made with Arborio rice, but American long-, medium- or short-grain rices work just as well. Each variety cooks up to a slightly different consistency, but medium-grain rice comes close to the traditional texture.Domestic rices also are less expensive and easier to obtain than the imported variety.

The Rice Council of America has published a leaflet containing several recipes for risotto. The recipes feature seafood, vegetables, herbs and cheeses and can be served as side dishes or entrees.

For a copy of the leaflet, send your name and address to Rice Council of America, P.O. Box 740121, Houston, TX 77274. Ask for "Risotto: America Style."