Kutia (Kutya) is an old Slavic dish known since pre-historic times. It is the main of twelve dishes served for Sviata Vecheria (twelve-dish Christmas Eve supper) during Winter Holidays (Ukrainian Christmas).
Th ancient recipe of Kutia from the traditional ethnic cuisine Etnocook is very simple. The main ingredients are wheat grains (wheatberries), water, poppy seeds and honey. Often walnuts and raisins are added.
Kolyvo is a traditional dish like kutia, but without poppy seeds. It is served at remembrance services and tasted from one bowl by everyone present.
- before soaking, wheat can be dried in 100C oven for 1 hour, stirring time to time
- pearl barley or other similar grain can be taken instead of wheat, but it will be not the traditional Ukrainian recipe
- more or less honey or water can be added, to taste
- honey can be replaced by sugar (1:2)
- sometimes other kinds of nuts are added
- wheat berries - 500 g
- water - 3 l
- poppy seeds - 50 g
- walnuts - 100 g
- raisins - ~80 g, to taste
- salt - ~ 4 g, to taste
1. Prepare all the ingredients for Ukrainian Kutia
Clean and prepar the wheat grains, poppy seeds, raisins, walnuts
2. Cook the wheat grains
Сarefully wash wheat in cold water three times, soak in 1 liter spring or filtered water for 5 hours (or for the night). Drain water, add 2 liters of fresh water, add salt and 1 tspof sugar to taste, bring to a boil. Reduce the fire to a minimum and cook it under a closed cover until the grains become soft (~ 30-40 min.). If necessary, add warm water if it is very boiling up. After cooking, drain water, and put the finished wheat into a deep dish, in which ingredients for Kutia will be mixed.
3. Prepare poppy seeds
Add hot water to poppy seeds in a deep bowl and soak for 1 hour. Drain and strain through the gauze. Grind to a homogeneous whitish mass.
4. Add raisins
Add raisins to wheat in deep bowl and mix.
5. Add nuts and poppy seeds
Finely cut nuts, mix with poppy seeds, add to other ingredients for Kutya.
6. Add honey
In a glass (150 ml.) of warm water (~ 40C) put honey and mix. Add to the other ingredients of Kutia.
Serve lightly warm Kutia for Sviata Vecheria (Sviatvechir) as the main dish. Actually, Kutia is the first out of twelve dishes served for Sviata Vecheria to be tasted.