Chollent is an art, and I wanted to write down my various chollent recipes

This is from my friend Malka:


slice an onion

cut up a fillet steak (maybe half is enough for your pot)

add barley

add water (4x as much as the barley)

add salt, garlic, pepper, paprika

cook on high about 4 hours until barley is nice and plump

add a cubed potato

add cut up pargiyot

add water to just cover

adjust spices

keep on low over Shabbos and enjoy!




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23 thoughts on “Chollent

  1. koolkosherkitchen July 28, 2016 at 10:39 AM Reply

    Cool! Pargiyot in chollent – that’s a new one for me. What about the beans? I grew up with the unbreakable rule of two different kinds of beans in a chollent. We are trying to stay away from cooked-for-many-hours meats, so I haven’t made a chollent for quite a while. I usually do something with chicken breast, either baked or under some kind of a sauce. But maybe I should make a chollent, just in order to photograph and write it up. Perhaps a chicken chollent? My last seven years in Odessa, before I left, we couldn’t have meat because they retired the shochet – his hands were shaking, nebach! – and my zeide used to buy live chicken and shecht them himself. So I am totally used to a chicken chollent.

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged July 28, 2016 at 12:25 PM Reply

      So interesting! My great- grandfathers were both shochets. But, I always use 3 types of beans. And now I make it with chicken and I add the juice from the chicken, which I call “liquid gold.” I also make vegetarian cholent. The secret is in the texture. I add oatmeal and either lentils or split peas. They disintegrate and the cholent feels like cholent. I add fresh garlic and vary the spices. Were you able to get kosher meat that was imported? I guess it makes for very healthy cooking!🌿

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      • koolkosherkitchen July 28, 2016 at 2:05 PM

        There was nothing either kosher or imported in communist Russia. We had to do everything from scratch or make do without. We made vegetarian chollent during the summer, but we called it vegetable ragu or fake chollent. Do you make fish chollent?

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged July 28, 2016 at 2:48 PM

        Never even heard of it. How do you make it? Matza balls are great in a cholent. I also never heard of fake cholent or vegetable ragu. I hope you will post on it. You and your family were blessed with tremendous fortitude and resilience to maintain your faith in such adverse conditions. Kol hakovod! You are a beautiful tribute and testament to the power of faith.

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  2. koolkosherkitchen July 28, 2016 at 2:55 PM Reply

    I thank you, but all the kovod goes to the older generation, especially my beloved grandmother.

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  3. koolkosherkitchen July 28, 2016 at 10:17 PM Reply

    I also have tech savvy children (and grandchildren), and a tech savvy husband, but I made a promise to myself not to get involved in social media, other than the blog, which is more like interactive publishing, if you will. However, if anyone finds other kosher food bloggers and disseminates the links, I think it will benefit everybody. What do you think?

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  4. koolkosherkitchen July 28, 2016 at 10:39 PM Reply

    I just read the description on your profile. When my grandmother was cooking, she would say HaTov u’Meitiv before actually lighting fire under every dish or putting something in the oven. I only do that with Yom Tov dishes, and my husband at first couldn’t understand what I was mumbling, then made fun of my “chassidishe shtick,” until he was told very firmly to seize and desist by his Rebbe, Rabbi Yitzchok Gutman ZT”L, not only to preserve Sholom Bais, but also because even though some of the old sheiteldike minchogim are pure narishkeit, most of them are based on deep Kabbolah the meaning of which we don’t know today. My husband was also told that he was lucky to have gotten a wife who grew up in a kosher home, and to get out of my kitchen unless asked to take out the garbage or something of the sort. So there! Torah is Emes, and to me it means that there is no Emes outside of the Torah. Torah is also Ahavas H-shem and Ahavas Isroel, therefore Emes = Ahavas Isroel, and that includes food, most definitely,since Kashruth is such a vital part of our existence. Therefore, food is love! This may be Purim Torah, as my husband calls it, and I apologize for such a long comment, but that’s how I feel.

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged July 29, 2016 at 4:26 AM Reply

      I feel the same way! I am convinced that we have to infuse kedusha into everything we do. This way, we transform gashmious into rechnious, and that which is mundane becomes holy. When we cook for other people, we are giving a piece of ourselves to them. This bond of giving to others is what creates love. When I think of it that way, cooking is a zechus!

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      • koolkosherkitchen July 29, 2016 at 11:42 AM

        But of course, Hachnossos Orchim is a great Mitzvah, and guests are considered Orchim. There is a wonderful story about a widow who was baking sweet rolls and selling them at the Shuk in Yerushalayim. She would sit there all day with her basket of rolls and say the entire Sefer Tehillim, over and over again. Once an American millionaire stopped by and was so impressed by her piety that he committed to provide for her and her children, so that she wouldn’t have to work at all, but sit in the comfort of her home and say Tehillim all day. A few days later, he saw her with her basket of rolls at the Shuk again. He was incensed! She gave him back his money and explained that davening was part of the daily bread, and daily bread was part of the davening, and the two were inseparable.

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged July 29, 2016 at 11:57 AM

        Beautiful story! Without flour, there is no Torah. Without Torah there is no flour.

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      • koolkosherkitchen July 29, 2016 at 12:28 PM

        I love translations of old Yiddish sayings – thank you!

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged July 29, 2016 at 12:32 PM


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