Is this cooker electric or stove top? Mom’s stovetop recipe - Soak rice in water for 45 mins and drain. While rice is soaking, heat a pan on stove top very well. Add 2 tsp oil. Add whole spices - clove/cinnamon/cardamom/saunf. Fry for a minute. Don’t burn. Add onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies and fry until done. Cool and grind to a paste. You can fry a tsp of coconut/cashews etc to make it richer. Add 4/5 pudina leaves and handful Dhaniya leaves while grinding. Boil water(1:1.5 for basmathi/1.75 for regular). Heat cooker properly(otherwise ice will stick to the bottom). Add 2-3 tsp ghee and 2tbsp oil(or full ghee). Heat and add masala paste. When it changes color, add rice. Fry until it becomes opaque but doesn’t change color. Add desired veggies. Fry for a minute. Add the boiling water carefully. Close cooker lid but don’t add the weight. Let steam off until it slows down considerably but doesn’t completely stop. Switch off stove and then add weight. When the steam completely stops and you are able to open the lid, fluff with a fork and add fried onions/cashews/raisins. Alternatively, you can do the frying in a pan and add the rice to a rice cooker along with the boiling water and turn on. It will come out really well.