CHRISTMAS KUTIA / KUTYA
Kutia is served as a first dish for Christmas Eve/ Sviata Vechera. Its three main ingredients are whole wheat kernels, poppy seeds, and honey. Note: This dish can be prepared several days ahead of time for flavour to develop. It keeps very well in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or so. This how I have made mine, there are many other variations.
- 1 cup whole wheat kernels
- 1/2 cup poppy seeds
- 1/2 - 1 cup honey
- Wash wheat in cold water and soak overnight in water to cover.
- The next day, bring the water to a boil then simmer for 4 to 5 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Add more water if needed. The wheat is ready when the kernels burst open and the fluid is thick and creamy.
- Add the poppy seed and let simmer for awhile.
- Add honey to taste.
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