You can cook almost anything in it, I bought this rice cooker and I am so happy with it. It comes with the recipe book where it has recipes for meat, rice, and other grains. I tried to brown meat, perfect! Made pasta in it, very good, you can even make burgers in it, just put oil, let it heat for 5 minutes and put and wait! I cooked porridge, soups, and it is a must have appliance. Also it uses many times less electricity than you would use your regular stove. I have two kids, and it is so easy to cook for them. Just an amazing rice cooker. I bought another Panasonic rice cooker larger one, Fuzzy logic SR-MS 182 to use as a slow cooker and cook larger bacthes of food, but this one I use it everyday, twice a day. To cook soups or stews, put some oil, press on, wait 5 minutes, open and put whatever you are cooking, sear, add water and let it simmer. Great rice cooker. Hope it helps
I also use it for various breakfast cereals - oatmeal, quinoa, steel cut oats, etc. 2 parts water to 1 part cereal has worked for me in every case. It's important for a cooker this size to use no more than a rounded 1/3 cup or less of cereal to avoid boil over. If you want to make cereal for more than one person get a larger cooker.
Thanks - that encourages me to experiment. The first thing I tried after rice was oatmeal but got the proportions wrong and it boiled over into a great disaster! With a lot less liquid now I don't use any other method for steel-cut oats - so easy!
I use it for cooking lentils, all kinds of rice. It cooks brown rice just right. I've thrown vegetables, and a chicken thigh with rice and everything is perfect. I made a curry dish - put in a bit of oil, and curry powder and let the spices cook a minute then added rice, veggies, potato, whatever I wanted. Perfect. Also made spanish rice in the same way. The only time it boiled over was when I tried to make rice pudding and walked away too long. Duh, you always have to watch milk! Just think of the recipe - if the dish would boil over on a regular stove, it would boil over in the rice cooker. Want hard boiled eggs? I cooked regular white rice for 10 minutes, then laid a few whole eggs on top of the half cooked rice and came back when the rice was done in the normal manner. The hard boiled eggs were perfect - steam cooked not boiled and not overcooked - no gray on the yolk. If you add frozen veggies to a rice dish, add them when the rice is almost done so they steam without overcooking. it's pretty hard to ruin something with this handy cooker.