Vegetarian Kutia Recipe

Give this vegan Ukrainian Christmas Kutia recipe a chance if you are in need to something different and diverse to add to your Christmas Eve dinner.

From "Please to the Table"
Winter 2014-15

  • While traditionally made with whole wheat berries, Kutia can also be successfully constructed with any number of other cooked whole grains.
    Photo by Fotolia/Africa Studio

Yield: 8 servings

Kutia celebrates the richness of the land and preceding year’s harvest and is only served at Ukrainian religious ceremonies of the greatest importance. While traditionally made with whole wheat berries, it can also be successfully constructed with any number of other cooked whole grains, such as spelt, emmer (farro), or Khorasan wheat (marketed under the trademarked name ‘Kamut’). We actually ran out of wheat berries, and used Khorasan wheat when making the batch of Kutia illustrated below. It tasted great. There is one special piece of equipment that we use when making our Kutia. All recipes call for ground poppy seed, and typically give directions that involve soaking poppy seeds in a hot liquid and then grinding in a food processor or blender. We find this approach simply does not work because the small size of poppy seeds does not allow them to be ground by the spinning blades. We ultimately ordered a hand-cranked poppy seed mill from Lehman Hardware in Dalton, Ohio. It is now being sold as a flax-seed mill. We love the ground poppy seed paste that comes from ours. 

 Learn more about Ukrainian Christmas traditions and find even more vegan holiday meals at A Ukrainian Christmas Eve.

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