Here in Italy, if they are cooking rice they usually fry it. They use mostly olive oil in frying or sometimes frying the rice alone. They are frying the rice because it makes it separated from each other.
And here is one of the recipes wherein they are frying or toasting the rice.
6 tbsp. of olive oil
320 g of rice
1 dl of white wine
800 ml of vegegetable broth
300 g. of mixed mushrooms
20 shrimps (without head)
1 bunch of parsley
1. Heat 4 tbsp. of olive oil in a saucepan and toast the rice for a couple of minutes. Steam the wine into the rice then continue cooking it adding the warmed vegetable broth a little at a time.
2. Clean the mushrooms and cut it into slices. Shelled the shrimps. Chop the shallot and fried it in the remaining oil.
3. Add the mushrooms, cook it for 5 minutes or until the color is brown, then put the shrimps, some are whole, some are in pieces. Cook for another 2 minutes.
4. Before 2 minutes of cooking the rice, add to it the mushrooms and the shrimps. Outside the fire, garnished it with finely chopped parsley. Then serve immediately.