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Kutia Recipe (Sweet Wheat Berry Pudding)

The following is the traditional recipe for kutia (bahata kutia), consisting of wheat grains, poppy seeds, walnuts, raisins, and honey. It can easily be transformed into a generous kutia (schedra kutia) by cooking the wheat grains in milk instead of water and adding some butter


Cooking time for the wheat berries can range from 1 to 3 hours. They are ready when they’ve absorbed most of the water, have increased in volume and are tender but still a little chewy.

Dried fruit: Use raisins, sultanas, apricots or dates. You can soak them in water (cold or hot) instead of orange juice if you prefer.

Nuts: Use hazelnuts, almonds and/or walnuts. Chop them up as finely as you like before adding into the dish.

Make it dairy free: You can use any non-dairy milk (almond or hazelnut would work well).

Keep refrigerated (for up to 3 days) and chill for at least 4 hours before serving. Kutia is traditionally eaten as Christmas Eve dessert. Serve in small bowls (this dessert is quite filling)


Festive – great dish to put on a table for your family.

Healthy – grains, fruits, nuts, poppy seeds, and honey are full of fiber and nutrients.

Sweet – it is like a healthy dessert but without added sugar and butter.

Symbolic – magical dish to make for good health and prosperity in the upcoming year.

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