3 cups White Wheator Buckwheat, quinoa and brown rice
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 cup poppy seedsground (I grind the poppy seeds with sugar in a coffee grinder)
several pieces orange rindground
Kutia is one of the main dishes on the Christmas Eve table in Ukraine. In the ancient Ukrainian tradition, kutia was the first thing served at the Sviat Vechir meal. The hospodar (man of the house) would offer it to the frost and winds, and then take some to the livestock and the beehives. A spoonful would be tossed to the ceiling to predict how well the hives would do the following year. Then the family would all partake, taking a spoonful and passing it along. Some was set aside and left out for the departed. It is made with wheat, berries, honey or sugar, nuts, raisins, and poppy seeds. The pudding is also popular in Russia, Poland, and Belarus.
How to Cook Kutia:
- Rinse the wheat and then pour enough water to cover the wheat by about 2 inches and leave it to soak for 24 hours.
- Place the soaked wheat in a cheese bag and beat it with a piece of wood or large stick until the bran starts to come off. You can roll it with a rolling pin if you’re strong enough.
- Wash the wheat again.
- Rinse and then place the wheat in a stainless pot with plenty of water.
- Bring to the boil and simmer for approximately 2 to 3 hours.
- When you see the kernels start to pop (some of the white will start coming out to the kernel, remove and drain, then add the remaining ingredients.