How to Make Kutya

How to Make Kutya

Serves: 6

Preparation time: overnight

Cooking time: 2 hours

Ingredients needed to make Kutya:

  • 1 lb walnuts, shelled
  • 1 lb wheat berries
  • ½ cup poppy seeds
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried apricots
  • 1 vanilla bean, grated
  • Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • Icing sugar, for dusting

Cooking instructions for Kutya:

  • Place the wheat berries in a pan and pour in enough water so that it stands an inch above them.
  • Set aside overnight to soak.
  • Place the pan with soaked, undrained wheat on the hob and bring it to a boil.
  • Continue to boil gently for the next couple of hours over slow flame; pour in splashes of water in case the wheat tends to dry up.
  • Drain it out into a colander and wash under running cold water.
  • Drain it out again and spread it onto kitchen towels.
  • Dab them with another towel to blot dry and set aside for a couple of hours or until they are completely dried.
  • Tip them into a food processor and grind them into a fine powder.
  • Transfer them into a bowl and toss the walnuts into the same processor.
  • Grind them into a fine powder too and transfer it into the same bowl with the ground wheat.
  • Empty the cups of sugar into it, followed by grated vanilla and lemon zest, apricots, poppyseeds as well as raisins and stir them all together to mix well.
  • Pile them up onto a large serving platter and dust with icing sugar generously to cover completely.
  • Serve right away.

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