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I want to fill my vegetarian children up on something more than latkes this Hanukkah. Has anyone ever made a meatless cholent?

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  1. Just make it with Osem powdered beef soup mix in addition to your normal spices and add a little slurry to thicken it. I make vegetarian cholent every so often.

    I also like to add hard boiled eggs to my cholent, so there's your protein (you said vegetarian, not vegan, right?). Just make sure it's fully covered with liquid, otherwise the white turns unchewable. Serve as a separate course, with jachnun (also cooked in the cholent) and tomato dip (throw 2 large tomatoes in a blender with 3 or 4 large cloves of garlic, liquefy, season with salt and pepper to taste), or serve the egg floating in the cholent (that's how my toddler likes to eat his).

    Jachnun recipe: http://www.cookadvice.com/recipes/jac...

    Jachnun service suggestion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jachnun

    That's what my mother said they used to eat on Shabbosim they couldn't afford chicken.

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    1. re: The Cameraman

      Oh, and you may want to add some vegetable oil if you like the greasy mouthfeel of a Hungarian style cholent.

      1. re: The Cameraman

        I'd really like to try jachnun and I was wondering how you put it in the chulent. Do you just wrap it in foil or parchment raw and put it on top? I was planning to make the jachnun in a separate pot in the oven (I make my chulent on the stove or in a crock pot) and then I came across your comment. Any details you could give me would be great.

        1. re: Rlocker

          I've had jachnun placed directly in cholent and I've had it wrapped in foil. I like it better in foil, personally, it's too soggy when placed in the cholent directly.

          Just treat it as you would a kishke.

      2. My grandmother's cholent was pareve; she would put prunes in to substitute for meat. (When she got married, in 1929 in the USSR, kosher meat was very rarely obtainable, so they were forced to be almost entirely vegetarian.)

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        1. re: zsero

          Hmm that sounds good.
          Thanks

        2. I have made Meatless Cholent many times by simply leaving out the meat - I love barley, potatos and beans - I also am able to get a pareve kishke that I put on top.

          I also love the ideas about the bullion cubes and prunes - also might check there is a pareve beef broth that is rather tasty that I have used for French Onion Soup -

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          1. re: weinstein5

            If you'd like a less chemical-y source of umami (meatiness), try adding some soy sauce and/or mushrooms. A friend used to swear by soy sauce in meatless chulents, because it adds a roundess of flavor that's otherwise lacking.

            1. re: GilaB

              You can use TVP instead of meat. A good source for TVP under hashgacha is ND Labs.

              http://ndlabs.com/textured_soy_protei...

          2. Our family favorite:

            Here is the recipe for our Indian Cholent (we leave it in our crock pot over night, with a little extra water added and it is great the next day).
            a.k.a. Winter Curry from the Moosewood Restaurant New Classics cook book

            1 1/2 T vegetable oil
            1/2 t black mustard seeds
            1 1/2 c chopped onions
            3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
            1 T grated fresh ginger root
            2 t ground cumin
            2 t ground corriander
            1/2 t ground cardamom
            1/2 t salt
            1/4 t cayenne
            4 cups cubed potatoes
            4 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (I use frozen)
            1 1/2 c vegetable or mock chicken stock
            1 T tamarind concentrate
            2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
            15 oz can drained chickpeas
            2 T chopped cilantro

            cooked rice
            plain yogurt, cilantro sprigs, toasted cashews, mango slices, mango chutney, raisins (optional toppings)

            In a 3-4 quart saucepan, heat the oil on med-high heat, and then add the mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to pop, stir in the onions and saute until translucent about 10 min.

            Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine the garlic, ginger, cumin , coriander, cardamom, salt and cayenne. When the onions are translucent, add the spice mixture and cook for 1 minute stirring constantly. Add the potatoes, squash, and stock and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are barely tender about 15 minutes.

            In a small bowl, dissolve the tamarind in a few tablespoons of hot cooking liquid and then stir it into the vegetables. Add the tomoatoes, chickpeas, cilantro. Cover and simmer for about 10 min or put it in your crock pot on low overnight with a little extra water.

            Serve on rice topped with any or all of the suggested garnishes.

            1. I know there are some people who put LightLife veggie hot dogs (O-K parve) in their parve chulent. I never tried it but I wonder if the chorizo or smoked sausage (same brand) would work.

              1. When I have made a veg chulent, I find frying the onions up til they're nice and brown and adding the beef flavored soup mix really gives it a good depth of flavor.

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                1. re: ettilou

                  Thanks everybody.

                2. Lucyis: I'm just wondering if you tried any of these suggestions and how you enjoyed them. I'd like to try a vegetarian chulent next week and would love to get your feedback. Thanks!

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                  1. re: Rlocker

                    I have to admit that i have not as yet. I wound up cooking a vegetable soup and made a hummous.

                    1. re: lucyis

                      Oh well, thanks. I'll keep looking! I did try ine as a dry run tonight which was pretty good. Chickpeas, sweet potato, dried mushrooms, onions, garlic, cumin and paprika. It was pretty good.

                  2. I make vegetarian cholent all the time. In place of the meat, I use prunes and portabello mushrooms. It's delicious and my kids think that it tastes as if there is meat in the cholent.

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                    1. re: sharonlebewohl

                      I would think using bulgur wheat would be a good meat substitute as it is in veggie chili.

                    2. As a vegan who loves cholent, I have experimented with many different combinations of ingredients and seasonings to get the best "betcha can't tell it's pareve" cholent.

                      Saute a large onion and several cloves of garlic in a nice amount of oil until golden. Wheatberries, barley (and any other beans you like) and potatoes cut in chunks. Let that all saute together for a few minutes and season with onion soup mix, and osem pareve consomme, about 1/4 cup duck sauce and a good sprinkle of Frank's Hot Sauce. Add water and taste to make sure the water is boldly flavored.
                      I put it in the oven overnight at 250 degrees, but it would be fine in a c rock pot also.
                      Adding kishka or any kind of kugel would be delicious also.
                      Betayavon!