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Kutia is only made for Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner when there will be 12 meatless dishes, symbolizing the twelve apostles. When the first star appears, the meal begins with kutia, cooked wheat with honey and poppy seeds. Kutia represents peace, prosperity, and good health.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
4 hrs 10 mins
additional:
8 hrs 5 mins
total:
12 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Wash wheat well. Place in a heavy pot, add water, and soak for 8 hours, or overnight. Do not drain.

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  • Sprinkle salt into wheat berries. Bring to a boil; skimming the top as needed. Turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer until berries pop open, 4 to 5 hours, stirring occasionally.

  • Wash the poppy seeds. Scald and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain.

  • Transfer to a coffee grinder and grind well.

  • Combine poppy seeds, honey, and 1 cup of boiling water. Stir into wheat. Cool, about 5 minutes. Add walnuts before serving.

Cook's Note:

When I was young my Baba would add the leftover wheat to warm milk for my breakfast. It's a great change from oatmeal.

Nutrition Facts

240 calories; protein 4.6g; carbohydrates 44g; fat 7.1g; sodium 23mg. Full Nutrition
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