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1 cup kidney beans
1 cup navy beans
1 cup pinto beans
1/2 cup baby lima
1/2 cup barley
2 meat bones
2 pounds meat
3 small onions, cubed
5 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup ketchup or tomato cubed
1 bunch cilantro
8 medium potatoes cubed

Soak beans overnight. Drain and discard any stones. Place beans in 8 quart pot and cover the top of the beans with one inch of water. Add the meat and meat bones.

Combine remaining ingredients except for potatoes in food processor and mix. Pour mixture over the meat and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 hours on a low flame. Add potatoes and simmer for one hour more. Before Shabbos, place the pot on the blech [see Food Preparation on Shabbat] and add one inch of water above the ingredients. For a pareve cholent, omit the meat and meat bones.

Note: The laws of Shabbat rest mandate that all cooking and baking be done before Shabbat, and regulate food preparation done on Shabbat in other ways as well. For more information, see Food Preparation on Shabbat.
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December 1, 2015
Cilantro? What part of South/Central America is the Russian-Polish Border? As for ketchup and cubing the potatoes - this is just a joke.
March 10, 2015
Food processor?!! Looses all the texture!
October 23, 2014
how many servings does this make?
November 28, 2013
Tell me about the eggs,
Jolie Putney
January 3, 2013
Hard boiled eggs in cholent

Do I first boil the eggs and then put with the cholent, OR, will they become hard boiled when put in the beginning to cook with the rest of the ingredients?
January 26, 2011
I was surprised by the instructions: "Soak the beans overnight. Drain and discard any stone." That is crazy! You must clean the beans before soaking.
Carefully sort the beans, discarding any blemished grains, stones, or impurities. Rinse them two or three times stirring gently to dislodge any soil. Then soak overnight, drain, and rinse once more. Now you are ready to follow the rest of the recipe.
New York, NY
July 15, 2009
A tip: for a vegetarian cholent, add some oil to replace the fat.

You can replace beans with barley, whole wheat grains, and instead of meat, I put only chicken legs as they are not fat......

Bon appetit
Renee Azoulay
Montreal, QC, Canada
May 16, 2006
A tip: for the tastier cholent sauté onion and then sear the meat with the onion prior of putting it into the pot.