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5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hrs
Kutia is a dish from Belarus made from grains traditionally prepared for Orthodox Christmas dinner on January 7th.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Belarusian, Eastern European, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Author: Kristina Todini
  • 10 oz wheat berries
  • 3 oz. poppy seeds
  • 3 oz. raisins
  • 3 oz. hazelnuts , roasted
  • 3 oz. candied orange peel (or other candied fruit)
  • 3 oz. walnuts
  • 5 oz. honey
  • 4 cups milk
  • ½ cup creme fraiche
  1. Rinse the wheat berries thoroughly and boil for 1 hour. When done, drain, rinse, and set aside.
  2. Bring the milk to a boil and add wheat berries. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, rehydrate the raisins by immersing them in a large bowl of boiling water for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  4. Boil the poppy seeds over high heat for 3 minutes, using a sieve to drain. Set aside.
  5. Let all ingredients drain and dry for at least 15 minutes, then mix together wheat berries and poppy seeds.
  6. In a separate non-stick saucepan, heat honey with 3 tablespoons boiling water. Add rehydrated and drained raisins and simmer on very low heat for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the wheat berry and poppy seed mixture to the honey saucepan and mix well. Wait for the mixture to cool and then mix in creme fraiche and let sit until thick.
  8. Serve kutia with a sprinkle of crushed walnuts, hazelnuts and candied orange peels.