Hungarian Cholent Beef-Stew [slow cooker] [G.F.]

Hungarian Cholent Beef-Stew [slow cooker] [G.F.]

Cholent is a traditional Jewish stew of beef, beans, vegetables and grains, usually simmered overnight for 12 hours or more, and eaten for lunch on Sabbath. It was developed over the centuries to conform with Jewish laws that prohibit cooking on the Sabbath.

8 servings
Soaking 8 h
Preparation 20 min

Cooking 7 h

450 calories per serving 


1 1/2 cup romano/cranberry beans (dried)   240 g
2 tbsp olive oil   30 mL
1 onions, finely chopped   200 g
1 tbsp paprika   9 g
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper   1 g
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped    
1 stalk celery, chopped   70 g
1 2/3 cup canned tomatoes (diced)   400 g
2 carrots. into 1 cm rounds   200 g
2 parsnips, into 1 cm rounds   190 g
2 potatoes, cut into 7 mm slices   400 g
1 kg stewing beef cubes    
3 1/2 cups beef broth, hot   900 mL
1/2 cup arborio rice   90 g
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    

Before you start

The beans must be soaked in water overnight.

A slow cooker is needed to make this recipe.


  1. Place the beans in a large bowl, cover them with cold water and leave to soak for at least 8 h or overnight.
  2. Drain the beans well, then place them in a large pot, cover with fresh cold water and bring to a boil. Boil them steadily for about 10 min, then drain well and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and cook gently until softened, about 5 min. Stir in the paprika and cayenne pepper, then cook 1 min with stirring. Transfer to the ceramic cooking pot.
  4. Add the garlic, beans, vegetables, beef and hot broth. Mix well. Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook 5-6 h on 'low', or until the meat and vegetables are tender.
  5. Add the rice, stir, and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on 'high' for a further 45 min, or until the rice is cooked. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (430g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




13 g

20 %

Saturated 4.5 g
+ Trans 0.3 g

24 %


80 mg


420 mg

18 %


45 g

15 %


11 g

43 %


5 g


40 g

Vitamin A

45 %

Vitamin C

30 %


8 %


40 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: serving
Grain Products: ¼ serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: serving

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Free :
Added Sugar
Low :
Calories, Cholesterol, Saturated Fat, Sodium
Source of :
Calcium, Vitamin D
Good source of :
Copper, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
Excellent source of :
Fibre, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Zinc

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This recipe is in the following categories: Beef | Main courses/Entrées | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | High Fibre | High Iron | Kosher | Low Calorie | Low Cholesterol | Low Saturated Fat | Low Sodium | Slow Cook | Central European

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