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Ukrainian Mashed Beans for Sviata Vechera

Instant Pot Mashed Beans - Kolocheni Fasoli for Sviata Vechera

A traditional dish for Ukrainian mashed beans - updated and sped up using an Instant Pot.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Side, Side Dish
Cuisine Ukrainian-Canadian
Servings 10 servings


  • 1 pound dry navy beans 450 g
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil usually canola or corn oil but other vegetable oils work
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4-10 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup onions diced, cooked in vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt minimum, more to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Rinse the navy beans in a colander and add the rinsed beans to the Instant Pot along with 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, garlic cloves and bay leaves.
  • Fill the Instant Pot with water to cover the beans - to the 2/3 level. Set the Instant Pot to cook for 30 minutes at High Pressure using either the Beans setting or Manual.
  • If you don't have cooked onions available, simmer finely chopped onions in a pan on low heat in vegetable oil for about half an hour while the beans cook.
  • Allow the Instant Pot to drop pressure naturally - this will take about an hour.
  • Remove the bay leaves and discard.
  • Remove the garlic cloves and mash them with a fork.
  • Drain the beans in a colander.
  • Return half the beans to the Instant Pot and mash with a potato masher or fork.
  • Combine the unmashed beans, cooked onions, mashed garlic, and salt to taste with the mashed beans.
  • Serve hot.