The amount of liquid, and cooking time, should reflect the cooking instructions for your rice. Uncle Bens, which we had on hand, called for 1 1/3 cups liquid. This is why these exact amounts are listed in the recipe. Depending upon the rice you choose to use. The liquid you need may differ. I wouldn't use a "sticky" rice in this recipe. It would probably not turn out well. Note: I didn't have to use any salt. The ham broth I chose and the Canadian bacon (I felt) brought more then enough salt to the dish. I, and my family, have all kinds of different serious food allergies. [Corn, dairy, and everything in the onion family, as well as celery! Boo! :( ] This makes cooking one meal the whole family can enjoy very difficult to say the least! This recipe may not be for everyone, but we enjoy it, I hope someone else might find it tasty as well. Feel free to use whatever beans you like too! I've made this with Pinto beans and it's come out wonderfully as well!