|Wheat (berries)||450 g (0.5 l)|
|Poppy seeds||150 g (1 cup)|
|Walnuts||150 g (1 cup)|
|Honey||200 g (3-5 tbsp to taste)|
|Water||2 l (alltogether 4.5 l, the odd is drained)|
Fantastically simple! Properly boiled wheat berries, ground poppy seeds, chopped walnuts, fragrant honey – all of these make a wonderful kutia!
Pour 2 l of cold water over the wheat berries in a large (not less than 5 l) pot and soak it for 8-10 hours (better overnight).
Stir the wheat berries in order to lift the sediment then drain the water. Pour over 1,5 l of fresh water, cover with a lid and bring to a boil. As soon as the bubbles appear (be carefull the contents might boil over), reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
Meanwhile scald the poppy seeds, cover and let it sit for 1 hour. They should now be done. Take it off the stove and wrap the pot completely with a thick towel. Initiallly this was done with fur, a thick blanket or quilt (you may still use any of these). This allows all the heat to be trapped in the pot, and `steams` the wheat berries to a beautiful fluffy berry.
Then drain the poppy seeds (slowly not to splash any of the seeds). Grind the poppy seeds – traditionally a mortar and pestle were used, but you can use a food processor, or a hand held grinder (grind twice).
Check the walnuts to make sure there are no walnut shells. Chop the walnuts with a knife or rolling pin (your choice).
Combine the wheat berries, poppy seeds and walnuts. Now add the honey, a little at a time depending on your taste. Be careful, you don’t want to drown your kutia in honey. If you are used to a more liquid kutia, add a little boiled water.
Here you are! The video on how to prepare kutia for Christmas Eve.
Other recipes of Eve’s menu here in the site:
– borshch with vushka (step-by-step recipe with photo and video)
– пісна підлива з сушених грибів (fast and vegetarian gravy with dried wild mushrooms)
– пісні голубці з картоплею (fast and vegetarian holubtsi – cabbage rolls with potato)
– stuffed fish
– книш з гречаною кашею (pie with buckwheat)
– домашній хліб (home-made bread)
– узвар із сухофруктів (compote made of dried fruit)