Christmas Kutya


1 kilogram wheat or “kutya” purchased at bazaar
2-3 liters water
1-2 packets poppy seeds
sugar or honey


Over a low flame, boil the wheat in the water, adding a little salt, for about 1 ½ hours, or until the water is nearly evaporated and the kutya is soft. Cover with a towel for 2-3 hours, and let cool. Then, preferably in a large mortar, grind the poppy seeds with a pestle. Add a little hot water to help the process, and to make a paste-like consistency. Pour this into a big pot and let stand until cool. Once the kutya and the poppy paste have cooled, combine them, adding sugar or honey, raisins and walnuts to taste. You may also need to add extra water to achieve desired consistency - some kutyas are runny, some are thick. It’s up to you to decide which is better. Yields 8-10 servings.

Bon Appetit!

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