Instant Pot Marathi Rassa – Indian Mixed Vegetables with Coconut Recipe

Instant Pot Marathi Rassa - Indian Mixed Vegetables with Coconut
Instant Pot Marathi Rassa – Indian Mixed Vegetables with Coconut

David and I have a deep love for Indian food. As a vegetarian, I can almost always find pages of options on an Indian restaurant menu. I hadn’t ever tried making it at home, but I just found the perfect recipe book, Indian Instant Pot® Cookbook: Traditional Indian Dishes Made Easy and Fast by Urvashi Pitre.  This Indian cookbook is so good that David decided to try his hand at cooking a few recipes from it, as well! It’s not a vegetarian book, but it has plenty of vegetarian recipes to keep me happy – and David likes the meat recipes. He’s even suggested buying a second Instant Pot just for that purpose! I know this Marathi Rassa has already made more than one appearance on our dinner table.

Oh! And this is currently the only Instant Pot authorized Indian cookbook.

Changes I Made

This recipe, though! It’s as flavorful as it is colorful – and has a healthy dose of turmeric. While this recipe is delicious on its own, the recipe originally calls for peanut oil. I substitute coconut oil. It also asks for 6 cups of vegetables cut up. I use potatoes, cauliflower, peas, and carrots. Don’t like the vegetables I used? Just sub in your favorite.

About the Book

Indian Instant Pot® Cookbook: Traditional Indian Dishes Made Easy and Fast by Urvashi Pitre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read a review copy provided the publisher provided. I love that Urvashi Pitre shares so much of herself in this book. Growing up as a child of Indian parents from different parts of the country gives her a unique insight into the differences in the food. The straightforward recipes do not contain hard-to-find ingredients. Also, while this book does provide many typical Punjabi restaurant fare recipes, it also introduces new dishes most people outside of India have never tried, such as Marathi Rassa.

Indian Instant Pot® Cookbook: Traditional Indian Dishes Made Easy and Fast begins with a little of the author’s background and continues with a primer on Instant Pot use, answering questions such as “How full can I fill my Instant Pot?.” It also answers questions about Indian food and explains that author has modified traditional recipes to make them more suitable for busy households.

Each chapter includes a gorgeous full-color photo, and so do many of the recipes. Many recipes include short tips for substitutions, additions, or times savers. Each recipe contains approximate times including prep, cook, and release. The author clearly points out vegan recipes – and includes a special section for them in the book index. In addition to the book index, a recipe index is also included.

The author also thoughtfully includes several cooking time charts if you desire to substitute ingredients. For example, fish cooks much faster than chicken.

Instant Pot Marathi Rassa - Mixed Vegetables with Coconut

  • Prep time: 15
  • Cook time: 10
  • Total time: 30

Yields: 6 servings

This dish is as flavorful as it is colorful. Substitute your favorite vegetables. Serve with some basmati rice to round out the meal.

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup hot water, divided
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into chunks
  • 2 cups spinach

Soak coconut in 1/4 cup hot water for about 10 minutes in a blender jar - or a large bowl if you are using a stick blender.

Add onion, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, and spices and puree. If you need more water, add it sparingly.

Preheat the Instant Pot to Saute on high heat. When hot, add coconut oil. After it melts, add the coconut mixture.

Do not stir. Allow it to cook until most of the water has evaporated (about 3-5 minutes)

Then stir constantly for about 2 more minutes, allowing flavors to meld.

Stir in chopped vegetables and other 1/4 cup water (except spinach).

Lock the lid in place, select low pressure and cook for 3 minutes.

Quick release pressure.

Stir in spinach until it's wilted and serve.

Full Nutrition Information

Serves 6, Calories 177, Total Fat 5g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Potassium 523 mg, Sodium 683mg, Total Carbohydrate 31 g, Dietary Fiber 7 g, Sugars 10 g, Protein 6g, Vitamin A 100%, Vitamin C 89 %, Calcium 10 %, Iron 15 %

The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the USFDA. I use a publicly available online nutrition calculator. Nutrition information may vary by brands used and individual cooking methods.


Marathi Rassa - Mixed Vegetables with Coconut. This delicious vegan and gluten-free Indian Recipe cooks in 15 minutes flat!
Marathi Rassa – Mixed Vegetables with Coconut. This delicious vegan and gluten-free Indian Recipe cooks in 15 minutes flat!
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Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

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Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.


  • Debs

    February 4, 2018 - 5:20 pm

    Absolutely love the sound of this dish! I’ve been debating about weather to get an IP and I wasn’t sure, but I am now!

  • Maggie @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen

    February 4, 2018 - 11:16 am

    This looks so yummy. I’ve switched almost permanently to using coconut oil in my cooking. Must give your recipe a try.

  • cheddarben

    February 4, 2018 - 6:27 am

    I love Indian food and this looks like a very nice and healthy dish!

  • Anne Murphy

    February 3, 2018 - 11:53 am

    Those vegetables look so good! I don’t have an Instant Pot, but I’m learning to love my electric pressure cooker – love setting the timer and being able to pay attention to the rest of the meal!

  • Tamara Andersen

    February 3, 2018 - 9:41 am

    We love Indian food, and while we’re not vegetarians, we do try to practice #MeatlessMonday. I agree that Indian cuisine has so many healthy vegetarian recipes, and this marathi rassa looks delicious. I’ve been cooking with a pressure cooker for nearly 40 years (started as a teenager), so I’m pinning this one!

    • Alicia Taylor

      February 4, 2018 - 1:11 pm

      Well, be sure to let me know if you like it!

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    February 3, 2018 - 9:17 am

    What a beautiful dish!! I’m not too familiar with Indian dishes but I’d certainly be willing to try. The flavor of the spices have my mouth watering. I don’t have an insta-pot — this recipe makes me wish I had.

    • Alicia Taylor

      February 4, 2018 - 1:11 pm

      It’s one of my first forays into IP cooking – and I don’t know what I did without it.

  • Stephanie Jeannot

    February 2, 2018 - 6:56 pm

    I like a dish that is just full of flavor And spices. Nothing look s good and spicy dish.

  • Preet@thevelvetlife

    February 2, 2018 - 11:43 am

    This Instant Pot Recipe looks really good and delicious. I don’t have an instant pot and have never used one but I’ve heard great things about them!

  • Christine

    February 2, 2018 - 9:48 am

    I’ve never had Marathi Rassa, but this looks so delicious! Hearty and perfect for this cold weather. Yum!

  • EasterBabe

    January 31, 2018 - 11:15 pm

    This recipe sounds interesting. I’ve never made Indian food before. The Indian Instant Pot Cookbook sounds good.

  • toastycritic

    January 31, 2018 - 7:11 pm

    I have had some amazing Indian food before. It’s one of the few ethnic foods I love their vegetarian options as much as anything they do with meat. They are so good at using herbs and spices. And this does look and sound delicious. It’s great the cookbook you had gave you time tables and the like while cooking. It helps when you are in the kitchen and not having to stand over everything all the time.

  • Marie

    January 31, 2018 - 4:36 pm

    Yum!My boyfriend loves Indian food so I think I may cook this recipe for his upcoming birthday. It looks so mouthwatering!

  • Monica

    January 31, 2018 - 2:13 pm

    This looks delicious! Urvashi’s book has gotten so many rave reviews, it’s enough to make me want to buy an Instant Pot all on its own!

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 31, 2018 - 2:48 pm

      The high praise is well-deserved. It’s my favorite cookbook right now.

  • Shubhada Bhide

    January 31, 2018 - 1:50 pm

    This Instant Pot Recipe looks really good and delicious. It makes me feel so hungry. and this is very timely because I am looking for a veggie recipe and this looks perfect. It seems that my mom will really love this for our family dinner.

  • Tonya

    January 31, 2018 - 11:54 am

    Hold on while I add this to my never ending list of delicious looking foods I can make in my crock pot! haha! Oh mmy gosh, this looks amazing. Definitely love that you are using coconut oil too!

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 31, 2018 - 12:00 pm

      Actually, you’ll need an Instant Pot for this one 🙂

  • Elizabeth O

    January 31, 2018 - 3:49 am

    This looks really nice, I would really enjoy this so I have saved the recipe to try myself. I havent tried an instant pot though they look really good!

  • nicoleflintkontrol

    January 30, 2018 - 10:57 pm

    This looks so hearty and flavorful! Any recipe with turmeric in it is a win for me!

  • Christina

    January 30, 2018 - 8:54 pm

    This looks so good! Shows you can make an amazing meal without spending hours in the kitchen. Gotta love that Insta Pot!

  • Kesha

    January 30, 2018 - 6:44 pm

    I love Indian food but my husband doesn’t. I always have to dine with girlfriends or either alone when I get a craving. This looks yummy but I am not big on preparing Indian food. I just don’t think I could do a good job on making it taste authentic.

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 31, 2018 - 12:03 pm

      This cookbook really took the intimidation out of the process for me.

  • jenny at dapperhouse

    January 30, 2018 - 6:17 pm

    I think that the coconut oil would taste better than the peanut oil. I wouldnt substitute any of the veggies. These spices are perfect for cauliflower.


    January 30, 2018 - 4:44 pm

    This sounds like a dish my entire family will LOVE!!! I just started using my Instant Pot, so I can’t wait to try this recipe!!

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 31, 2018 - 12:04 pm

      I am in love with this cookbook – it has so many amazing recipes that even David is cooking!


    January 30, 2018 - 2:44 pm

    I’m always looking for new recipes to use in my Instant pot! I’ve never tried Indian food. This recipe looks delish and I have to try it! Thanks for sharing

  • Amanda

    January 30, 2018 - 2:43 pm

    Mmm. I am always looking for new dishes to try. Is there a way to make this really spicy and yet really taste good?

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 30, 2018 - 4:20 pm

      Sure – you could increase the cayenne – or add some fresh chilis.

  • Shell

    January 30, 2018 - 2:28 pm

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious! I’m thinking I really need to invest in an InstaPot! I’m sure my family would really like this recipe!

  • aboutabbyblog

    January 30, 2018 - 1:44 pm

    This looks amazing!! I keep seeing instant pot recipes lately and it’s really making me want to go out and buy one! Definitely going to try out your recipe once I do 🙂

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 30, 2018 - 2:18 pm

      I just got mine and have not stopped using it yet

  • Ithfifi Williams / IthinityBeauty

    January 30, 2018 - 1:16 pm

    This looks truly delicious, I would certainly like to try it! I also love that you mix and match your veggies according to which ones you enjoy, but I think I’d still pick the same ones as you! Yummy!

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 30, 2018 - 2:18 pm

      The spices go well with this selection

  • Stephanie

    January 30, 2018 - 1:06 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had Indian food before, but this looks delicious! I love how colorful and healthy it looks. And any recipe that you can sub in things you prefer is great to make sure it’s something my family will eat.

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 30, 2018 - 2:19 pm

      Yes. I love versatility, but if you have never tried Indian food, please do! It is my favorite

  • Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

    January 30, 2018 - 12:38 pm

    This book looks awesome – Indian food lends itself so well to slow cooking and pressure cooking. This recipe looks like a great place to start!

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 30, 2018 - 2:20 pm

      It does! The author says it is actually the preferred method in India

  • Rose

    January 30, 2018 - 12:35 pm

    I like all the vegetables in this. I’m interested to taste all the seasoning as I don’t use a lot in my dishes. The coconut is inviting as well.

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 30, 2018 - 2:20 pm

      There is not a lot in this and it is not spicy. You should definitely give it a try

  • Heraa Farooq

    January 30, 2018 - 11:41 am

    This is an amazing recipe. I have a get together this weekend and I am looking forward to try this out. Hope I would do justice to the recipe.


    January 30, 2018 - 8:43 am

    I have definitely never tried Marathi Rassa – but it sounds like my kinda recipe! And really easy to make too – I’d have to invest in a few pots of spices etc though, as have literally none of the ingredients in my cupboards! x

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 30, 2018 - 9:00 am

      Wow. If you don’t have cinnamon or cayenne in your cupboard you must not cook at all. At least they are easy to find spices.

  • Patti @Patty Cake's Pantry

    January 30, 2018 - 1:51 am

    I always thing that I can’t use my pressure cooker for vegetables, but it’s never occurred to me to set the timer for such a short period of time. I love all of the different flavors going on in this recipe.

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 30, 2018 - 9:01 am

      Yes. This cookbook really opened up some new avenues. They weren’t mushy either – which surprised me.

  • Gluten-Free Spirited (@GFSpirit)

    January 30, 2018 - 1:50 am

    Instant pots are so handy! This dish is so bright & colorful. I use turmeric pretty often in every day meals (I put it in my egg whites for breakfast). This cookbook sounds very helpful & great for vegetarians & non vegetarians alike!

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 30, 2018 - 9:02 am

      hmmm… I never thought about putting turmeric in egg whites. Not only would it give them the yellow egg color, but you’d get the great health benefits of turmeric!

  • acraftymix

    January 30, 2018 - 12:18 am

    Oooooo guess what I got for Christmas…. (happy dance, whoop, whoop) an instant pot and I love it. I’ve been looking for recipes to try out and we love Indian food too. I’m off to see if I can order Urvashi Pitre’s book. Thanks for the heads yo Alicia and your marathi rassa looks scrumptious

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 30, 2018 - 9:03 am

      I hope you are able to get it! It’s not your run-of-the-mill recipes for sure.

  • Arielle Joy

    January 29, 2018 - 10:56 pm

    I don’t have an instant pot but this is certainly an interesting recipe to try if I did

  • Jessica Hughes

    January 29, 2018 - 10:39 pm

    I love the sound of this cookbook. I’ve never tried to make Indian dishes at home as it is often intimidating to me. I’d love to give this cookbook a try. I bought an Instant Pot over the holidays and I am still learning. I need to add this cookbook to my collection.

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 30, 2018 - 9:03 am

      What surprised me was how easy these recipes are – and how easy to find the ingredients were.

  • Rachel

    January 29, 2018 - 9:51 pm

    Yum! When I got my Instant Pot a few months ago one of the things I was excited about was the prospect of making Indian food in it. This recipe is a great place to start. Plus I recognize all of the ingredients!

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 30, 2018 - 9:04 am

      Yes! That’s what I loved about it. I didn’t have to do a google search to figure out what I needed to buy. I already had everything!

  • Danielle

    January 29, 2018 - 9:46 pm

    So colorful, I bet it’s delicious! I love instant pot recipes, I’ll have to give this a try.

  • Emily, Our house now a home

    January 29, 2018 - 9:32 pm

    Oh yum! This seems like a great recipe! We just got an instant pot and are still figuring out all that it can do. So I am looking for recipes and ideas to try out. Thanks for this one!

  • Ayana Christine Nell

    January 29, 2018 - 8:56 pm

    This is so colorful and looks yummy!! I don’t have an instant pot and have never used one but I’ve heard great things about them!

  • Jasmine - Stylish Cravings

    January 29, 2018 - 8:47 pm

    Sounds like a delicious and healthy recipe! I can’t wait to have the time to start making all these wonderful instant pot recipes I keep finding!

  • caitcance

    January 29, 2018 - 7:58 pm

    That looks so delicious. I never thought of making Indian food at home but you make it sound easier than I thought!

  • Rebecca Bryant

    January 29, 2018 - 7:09 pm

    thsi looks amazing. I really want to get an instant pot to help cook healthier and faster. Everything looks so good that come out of it.

  • Stephanie (@wifemommyme)

    January 29, 2018 - 7:01 pm

    This looks delicious and I am diggin’ all the recipes you can make with an instant pot. I just may have to give in and pick one up for our family.

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 30, 2018 - 9:05 am

      The friend that gave me mine for my birthday likes hers so much that she has TWO – and now, David is talking about wanting his own. On more than one occasion, we’ve both wanted to use it at the same time!

  • tanviidotcom

    January 29, 2018 - 5:04 pm

    That sounds delicious and for once I have all the ingredients and an Instant Pot too – hhaha – I will definitely try it out.

  • Joanna Davis

    January 29, 2018 - 2:29 pm

    Your recipe sounds very yummy, especially that it uses coconut! I love using coconut oil as well when I cook Indian food. Otherwise I use olive oil.

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 29, 2018 - 5:18 pm

      It uses both coconut and coconut oil. I love the flavor!

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