Is dairy, cheesy food not your thing? This is the nine days meal for you.
For some, nine days with no meat is really difficult. For those, it’s not because it’s so difficult to refrain from eating meat, but many simply don’t eat dairy foods on a regular basis. From intolerances to preferences, what do you serve those that need dairy-free meals?
Every year, during the nine days, on one night, usually a Thursdays, I serve a pareve cholent with fresh hot potato kugel (try this recipe) pickles, and some coleslaw. If you have a little more time, you can make your own (or buy) pareve kishke to add to the cholent. Since everyone’s Crock-Pot “behaves” differently, you’ll have to adjust the water quantity (use the amount of water you typically use when preparing cholent). The good news is that since it’s not Shabbos, during the day you can add a little more water, or raise the temperature to get your perfect cholent consistency if needed.
Note that I don’t put much salt into the cholent. I find it cooks better with less salt and I season the cholent to taste with salt right before serving or let each person add salt according to their liking.
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup mixed cholent beans
- 5 ¾ - 6 cups water, divided
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 5-6 potatoes, cut into chunks
- ½ cup barley
- ½-¾ teaspoon salt
- Saute onion in oil for 7-8 minutes. Add sugar, mix and saute another 2-3 minutes. Add paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper and mix saute for 1-2 minutes.
- Add 1 cup beans and 1 cup water. Cook for 5 minutes over high heat. Most of the water should evaporate. Lower heat and add the ketchup and 2 cups water, and cook 20 minutes.
- Transfer mixture to a slow cooker. Add potatoes, sprinkle on the barley, and cover with 2 ¾ -3 cups of water. Sprinkle with salt. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. Lower to medium for 20-22 hours.
Miriam Hammer says
Totally gonna try this, just can’t decide if for supper tomorrow or for shabbos… If I want it fleishig, when should I add the meat?
Leah Schapira says
Add the meat right after sauteeing the onion, and no need to add the sugar.
Your posts are so helpful…always! Keep up the great work!
Hi, any cooking directions for making this in a pot and not transferring to a slow cooker?
I am also wondering about cooking instructions for keeping this in the pot. Thank you.
And… its up
I am vegan and have been trying to make a good pareve cholent for many years. Tried a lot of recipes, but none of them really “worked” for me. I made this one for Shabbos, and it was the first time I was happy with my pareve cholent EVER. Thanks for a great recipe.
Would there be different cooking instructions of barley was substituted instead of beans?
If I double the beans, do I double the rest of the ingredients as well?
Can I skip the sautéing and just make the whole recipe straight in the crock pot?
Tamar Abell says
Add raw matza balls and some slices of Jachnoon for perfection
Chaya Suri says
Can I cook on high for half the cooking time? Would that work?
Chaya Suri says
I ended up putting it up in the morning and cooked it on high all day. Came out delicious!