This is by far Claudia’s favourite Ukrainian dish. 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. I’m not going to lie. I don’t like this stuff at all. It has taken Claudia 32 years to get me on board with Kutia and she has yet to succeed. Every Christmas Eve it’s the same discussion:
Claudia: “Jaime, look it’s your favourite – I can’t wait for you to try some Kutia. It’s so good”
Claudia: “On come ON! It’s so good! You’re Ukrainian, it’s part of your heritage.”
Don’t get me wrong, everyone else I know loves this stuff. But for some strange reason (probably my stubbornness) I skip this and go straight for the Borsch. It really is amazing that I am still invited over for Christmas every year with my behaviour. So please, do not take my word on how delicious this traditional dish is. If you ask 99.9% of Ukrainians, they love it. I have always had a unique side to me.
To cook wheat:
Dry wheat in 205F oven for 1 hour, stir occasionally.
Wash, 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.
They should look like image above and below.
To prepare the poppy seeds (sorry I don’t have any images of this process):
Scald poppy seed, simmer 3-5 minutes.
Drain, grind twice using the finest blade of food chopper.
Add ground poppy seeds to wheat.
Combine honey and hot water.
Add to wheat.
We’re almost there!
Finally add your roughly chopped pecans.
Serve in a Ukrainian dish and enjoy!
Although I don’t eat it, Christmas Eve really wouldn’t be the same in our house without this dish.
Claudia is pretty darn excited.
- 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
- To cook the wheat, dry wheat in 205 Fahrenheit oven for 1 hour, stir occasionally. Wash, 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.
- To prepare the poppy seeds, scald poppy seed, simmer 3-5 minutes. Drain, grind twice using the finest blade of food chopper.
- Add ground poppy seeds to wheat.
- Combine honey and hot water. Add to wheat.
- Add your roughly chopped pecans.
- Serve and enjoy!