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I like to add diced vegetables (or peas) when I make rice in my rice cooker, but I'm not sure when is the best time to add them. I find if I add them too early they get mushy and flavorless, but if I wait until too late they don’t cook at all.

When is the best time to add vegetables to a pot of rice or the rice cooker?

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It depends a lot on the vegetable. For frozen peas, I add them just when the cycle finishes; fold them in and close the pot, and 3 minutes later they are steamed to perfection. For a harder vegetable, like a raw carrot, or one where you want more breakdown, like onion, add it at the beginning.

You don't really want to open the rice cooker a bunch of times during the cycle as it loses steam and may affect your results, but if you have vegetables that you feel need something in between, I wouldn't hesitate to open it once, midway through.

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You can cook diced vegetable separately and add them in the rice just before serving.

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Rice typically takes about 20 minutes.

Carrots take about 10, Peas about 3 or 4, Beans about 5.

So add them at 20-t minutes, If you're a bit late, just leave the lid on and let them steam.

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