Pressure Cooker Cholent or Beef Barley Stew

Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs

I grew up with cholent that my mother and grandmother cooked all day and night...this is my version that is a lot quicker and a little different. Cholent is a traditional Eastern European Jewish dish which cooked for 24 hours. My family used kosher meat of course-this dish tastes better with kosher beef--i am not sure why. I like to serve this over noodles. You can substitute Flanken for chuck


  1. Heat oil in large skillet and brown beef well on both sides and place into pot.
  2. Chop coarsely: garlic and onions then place into cooker.
  3. Cut carrots into large chunks and put into pot.
  4. Peel potatoes and put into pot.
  5. Add barley, rinsed until clear, to pot.
  6. Place everything else into pressure cooker.
  7. Bring to high and cook 2 hours.
  8. Let pressure come down naturally before opening.
Most Helpful

Oh, this was excellent! I have already passed the recipe on to 2 people. I did make 1 change though; I used 2 cups of water and 1 cup of red wine. Delicious, thanks Petlover.

Helen1 October 06, 2009

From Debbie (Chef#1247556 I followed this recipe exactly as instructed and the result was the best beef barley stew my husband and I have ever tasted! The kitchen smelled so good. This one's a keeper. Thanks!

jalexander1949 April 30, 2009