Dried beans/lentils virgin

Hi SE!

After years of using nothing but canned beans/chickpeas/lentils, I finally took the plunge last night and threw a scoop of dried yellow split peas in with my rice in the rice cooker. Even without altering the water quantity, they came out pretty good!, if just a little less tender than I would like them to be.

I would like to improve on this technique. What tips do you have about cooking with dried beans/peas/lentils? I've read many different things on pre-soaking, letting the beans/lentils start in the rice cooker and adding the rice later, etc., but don't know which ideas to pursue.

Please help me in my quest to phase out canned beans and phase in yummy dried beans!

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