I am not a dietitian, I am a Research and Development Chef with a Nutritional Concentration. This site is based on opinions I've formed through my research and experience working for manufactured food processors.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ukrainian Kutia

Cooked Wheat Berries
Kutia is a recipe my Ukrainian Grandmother cooks every year around the holidays.  It is easy to make and fun to modify.  Add nuts or apples to maximize the nutritional density of this dish.

Unprocessed wheat berries are great in yogurt, oatmeal, soup, porridge and salads...you name it.  Their chewy texture and mild flavor make them quite versatile. 


1 cup wheat berries
6 cups water
1/4 cup honey dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup poppy seeds
Soak the wheat berries overnight.
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil with a pinch of salt and simmer the wheat for 3 to 4 hours, until the kernels burst and the liquid has thickened.  Refrigerate until cool. 

Scald the poppy seeds.  Drain.  Cover again with water and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain. Combine with the honey and boiling water.  Mix into the cooled wheat mixture. Refrigerate. Serve cold. 
*Tip.  Add milk and butter, and warm for a soothing cereal dish.  

You can buy organic wheat berries at your local health food store or purchase them online here:Soft White Wheat Berries

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