Halychanka Kutia Wheat
Km The first dish eaten, traditionally a spoonful of Kutia was thrown to the ceiling to foretell the prosperity for the coming year by the number of kernels that adhere to it. The more kernels stuck…a good and prosperous new year!
Christianity was introduced into Ukraine in 988 A.D. The flourishing pagan religion and traditions associated with it were too deeply rooted in the people to allow the Church to eradicate them completely. So the Church adopted a policy of tolerance toward most of the ancient customs. Christmas Eve Supper or Sviata Vecheria (Holy Supper) brings the family together to partake in many customs and traditions, which reach back to antiquity. The rituals of the Sviata Vecheria are dedicated to the Gods, welfare of the family, and to the remembrance of the ancestors.
This raw, non-GMO, certified organic wheat has its roots in Ukraine. Produced on a Ukrainian farm in Manitoba. Cooking instructions on back of package or see my recipe below.
Before you start dinner a spoonful is to be thrown on the ceiling – if it sticks, then it will be a good year, and the more kernels that stick the better your good fortune will be. It is always served as the first dish before eating.
- 1 pint (2 cups) cooked wheat
- 11-12 cups water (to boil wheat)
- 6 tablespoons ground poppy seeds ( I don’t actually grind mine I like getting them stuck in my teeth. 😬)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
- Place wheat in water the night before to soak. The next morning bring to a boil then turn down to simmering and cook for 5 hrs.
- In the morning put your poppy seeds in water to soak for a few hours. Drain & place in your mortar & pestle and grind.
- When the wheat has split open add your poppy seeds, chopped walnuts, & honey.
- Serve at dinner cold and save the leftovers for breakfast Christmas Day!