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Cholant - Polish Chamin. Photography: Daniel Lailah, Styling: Amit Farber

Cholent (Ashkenazi Chamin)

Chamin, the famous Shabbat stew, is called Cholant (hot in Yiddish) by Polish Jews. It used to be sent to the neighborhood bakery to cook overnight

This recipe for Cholant- Ashkenazi Chamin- is a version that embodies the characteristics of Eastern European Shabbat pots, in particular from the kitchen’s of Polish Jews. This iteration is yet another member of the endless family of slow-cooked legume dishes that Jews all over the world have prepared for Shabbat for centuries. Each community and even each family probably has its own special version – share your version here.

Ingredients for Cholant - Ashkenazi Chamin

  • 5 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons date honey (silan)
  • 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) beef neck meat or short ribs
  • 2.2 lbs (1 kilogram) dried beans and dried chickpeas White and red beans, and chickpeas soaked in water for 24 hours
  • 6 marrow bones
  • 12 potatoes medium sized
  • 12 eggs hard-boiled, not peeled
  • kishka (optional)


  • 1. Heat the sugar in a pot with a cup of hot water, while stirring, until a brown caramel is obtained. Add salt, pepper, date honey (silan) and a little water and bring to a boil.

  • 2. In this order add the beans, bones, meat, potatoes and hard-boiled eggs to the pot. Add water to cover and bring to a boil. Boil for about 5 minutes.

  • 3. Lower the heat and cook for another 3 hours.

  • 4. If using kishkah, tie it with a string, pierce it with a toothpick along its entire length, at intervals of ¾ of an inch (2 cm) and place it in the pot.

  • 5. Seal the pot with aluminum foil and put it in an oven preheated to 212F (100C) degrees for 10-14 hours.

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This recipe is taken from the interactive food display at ANU – Museum of the Jewish People. Chief Museum Curator: Orit Shaham Gober. Performance Content Manager: Liron Tzabri; Director: Amit Farber; Artistic director: Amit Farber; Photography: Daniel Lailah; Interactive: Creative Love.

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