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Wheat Berry Pudding Kutia

Kutia is always served as the first of the twelve traditional meatless dishes during Christmas Eve. Served cold, Kutia is essentially a sweet wheat soup. A mixture of wheat, poppy seeds, honey and nuts.  Customize your kutia with a mixture of berries, raisins and dry fruit.


Ingredients

  • 1 pint (2 cups) cooked wheat
  • 11-12 cups water (to boil wheat)
  • 6 tablespoons ground poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 blackberries

Directions

  1. Dry wheat in the oven at 205F for an 1 hour, stir occasionally. Wash and soak in cold water overnight. Next morning, bring wheat to boiling point in 11-12 cups of water, simmer 3-4 hours, (or more) until kernels burst open.
  2. To prepare the poppy seeds, boil the poppy seeds, simmer 3-5 minutes. Drain and  grind twice using the finest blade of food chopper.
  3. Add ground poppy seeds to wheat.
  4. Combine honey and hot water. Add to wheat.
  5. Add your roughly chopped pecans.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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