But Boris, I hear you whine, can't you easily make rice in a pot?
Shaddup, and behold the
Fake Indian Rice and Lentils Dhalish Kind of Dish:
1 1/2 cups of rice
3/4 cup green lentils
a clove of garlic, sliced into slices
an onion, likewise
a tomato, hexadecimaled
4 cups of broth
Put some oil into your rice-cooker. Add, in this order, while stirring: onion (stir until glazed), carrots and garlic (stir for a minute or so), rice (toss until coated with oil), the rest. Put in some curry powder, or ginger, salt and pepper, or five spices powder, or garam masala. I don't care, go wild. Heck, put in some diced chicken for all I care.
Close the rice cooker, it will do it's magic. Eat when finished.