The origin of word “kutia” comes from Ancient Greece and translates as “boiled grain”. In Greece and Ukraine Kutia recipe was originally associated with the traditional worship of the deceased ansisters and was served on the table on the eve of all religious holidays. Kutia was always on the table at Christmas, Epiphany and other Orthodox holidays.
Traditionally, kutia is cooked by a woman — guardian of the hearth. And it is served when the first star appears in the sky and the whole family gathers at a festive table, lined with 12 lenten dishes that symbolize the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ.
Kutia is brewed from various cereals and grains: wheat, barley, rice, oats and even buckwheat. I offer a recipe for kutia made of rice. It is distinguished from the classic by the absence of poppy seeds in the Ukrainian kytia recipe.
- Rice – 300 g.
- Raisins – 100 g.
- Walnuts – 100 g.
- Honey – 150-200 g.
- Salt – a pinch
Kutia recipe steps
Step 1. Rice is well washed in cold water. Fill the rice with water in a ratio of 1:2 (500 ml. of water). Add salt. Cook the rice until cooked.
Step 2. Add 50 ml of warm water to the honey and mix until the honey is completely dissolved.
Step 3. Pour boiling water over the raisins for 10 minutes. Then we drain the water.
Step 5. Fried walnuts are chopped with a knife into medium pieces.
Step 6. Add raisins, walnuts and honey to the rice and mix everything well. The Christmas rice kutia is ready.
Enjoy your meal!
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