Israeli Cholent or Hamin Dish

Israeli Cholent or Hamin Dish
A Traditional Jewish Dish

Israeli Cholent, also known as Hamin, is a traditional Jewish dish that is popularly served on Shabbat, a day of rest and celebration in the Jewish calendar. This hearty stew is typically made with a variety of ingredients, including beef, potatoes, beans, and barley, and is slow-cooked overnight to achieve a rich, tender, and flavourful dish.

Preparing the Cholent Dish

To prepare Israeli Cholent, you will need to start by soaking the beans and barley in water overnight. This step helps to soften the beans and grains and reduce cooking time. The next day, you can begin preparing the other ingredients. First you will need to brown the beef in a large pot with some oil. Once the beef is browned, you can add the chopped onions, and all the spices. Next, add the remaining ingredients. You can also add some tomato paste or sauce to give the dish some acidity and sweetness. Pour in enough water to cover the ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil.

Final Stage

Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the Cholent simmer for several hours. Some people prefer to cook the Cholent on a stove, while others use a slow cooker or an oven. The longer the Cholent cooks the tenderer and flavourful it will become.

Cholent Slow Cook stew
Serving the Cholent Dish

When the Cholent is ready, it should be thick and stew-like, with the beans and barley cooked through and the meat falling off the bone. You can serve the Cholent hot with some crusty bread or Challah, traditional Jewish bread.                                         

Israeli Cholent is a comforting and nourishing dish that has been enjoyed by Jewish communities for generations. Its slow-cooking process and hearty ingredients make it a perfect meal for Shabbat, holidays, or any occasion that calls for a warm and satisfying meal.

How to Make Cholent or Hamin Dish Recipe

500g beef brisket or chuck, cut into chunks                                                                                              1 cup dried beans (kidney, navy, or a mix), soaked overnight                                                                  2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed                                                                                                              1 cup pearl barley (for Cholent) or rice (for Hamin)                                                                                  2 onions, chopped                                                                                                                                          3 garlic cloves, minced                                                                                                                                  2 tsp paprika                                                                                                                                                    1 tsp ground cumin                                                                                                                                               Salt and pepper to taste                                                                                                                              4 cups beef or chicken broth                                                                                                                          2 tbsp olive oil

  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil and sauté onions until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for another minute.
  2. Add the beef chunks to the pot and brown them on all sides.
  3. Add the spices, salt, and pepper, stirring well to coat the meat.
  4. Add the soaked beans, potatoes, and barley (or rice). Mix well.
  5. Pour in the broth, ensuring all ingredients are covered.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Cover the pot tightly.
  7. Allow the Cholent/Hamin to cook overnight or for at least 12 hours, on the lowest heat.
  8. Before serving, check the seasoning and adjust if necessary

Some add whole eggs (in their shell) to the pot, which become browned and infused with flavour over the long cooking process.

For a smoky flavour, add a smoked meat bone or a bit of smoked paprika.

Serving Suggestions: Serve hot, garnished with fresh parsley. Cholent/Hamin is often enjoyed with pickles, coleslaw, or a fresh salad on the side. A glass of red wine or grape juice complements the rich flavours of the stew.

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