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Jan 31, 2008 05:17 PM

adding vegetables to rice in rice steamer?

This is a dumb question, but I am making some basmati rice in my rice steamer and wondering if it is okay to add some frozen peas and raw carrots to it. Will cooking everything at the same time ruin it?

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  1. no, i frequently cook khichdi which is lentils and rice, various types of pilafs, even tried biriyani an fried rice. have to prep before adding but it works.

    1. The carrots may still be firm (cut them smaller), but the peas should be fine. They're frozen and already flash cooked, so they really just need to be reheated.

      Honestly, I add just about any vegetables to my rice cooker. I've also added spices, sauces, other grains... it's a very accommodating appliance.

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      1. re: assorted

        With 'dry' vegetables like this, add them after you have added the right amount of liquid - assuming you add liquid up to x level. That way the additions won't mess up the rice to water ratio.

        Frozen peas could be added later, but there doesn't seem to be much harm in adding them at the start of the rice cooking. They accumulate on top of the rice. Things like carrots should cook in the same time as the rice if cut small enough. Diced onion is best sauteed a bit first.

        A (simple) rice cooker uses high heat until most of the water is absorbed. At that point temperature in the pot starts to rise, and high heat switches off. So regardless of the additions, it is the liquid-rice ratio that determines cooking time.

      2. I often add yams or Japanese sweet potatoes to rice. Makes it both aromatic and pleasantly sweet.

        1. Raw carrots will actually need to cook, but you could even add frozen peas just at the very end of cooking so that they get heated through - they'll be fine that way. (a long way of saying why would it not be okay? It's your rice! (seriously, the taste will be fine and it won't hurt the rice in any way)

          1. Carrots I would steam or par boil first.
            Frozen peas can be mixed with the rice or laid on top at the beginning of cooking.
            Any type of dried bean needs to be soaked first and possibly short boiled before adding to rice.
            Corn, diced broccoli, diced daikon etc - no problem

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            1. re: hannaone

              Thanks everyone, the rice turned out fine with the peas and carrots. I cut the carrots pretty small, so they were fine. Thanks for the additional suggestions!