Ukrainian Wheatberry and Poppyseed Pudding (Kutya, Кутя)

Kutya (a Ukrainian wheatberry and poppyseed pudding) is commonly made on Christmas Eve and Easter. It is a festive dish, and it’s also very nutritious so it’s great for breakfast on its own, or served with greek yogurt or cottage cheese. I am excited to finally post a Ukrainian recipe!


Since I did not grow up eating or watching people cook Ukrainian and Russian food, I rely on other people’s experiences and recipes to re-create these dishes. I used this recipe for kutya by Victoria Frolova, although I did adapt her method slightly. You can visit her blog to read about the history behind the dish.



Serves: 4 people (at least)


  • 1 cup wheatberries
  • 1/4 cup poppyseeds
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey


  1. Soak the wheat berries in 6 cups of water for at least 2 hours or overnight. The longer you let them soak, the softer they will become.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the wheatberries and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to low-medium and let simmer, covered, for 2 hours. Stir occasionally and add water when necessary. The wheatberries are finished cooking when they are soft and tender.
  3. Soak the raisins and walnuts in water (until just covered) for at least 1 hour until the raisins are plump.
  4. Place the poppyseeds in a fine strainer and pour boiling water over them two times. Grind the poppyseeds with a food processor (or by hand with a mortar & pestle) until they are fragrant and have a slight violet hue.
  5. Drain the excess water from the wheatberries, walnuts, and raisins. Stir together with the poppyseeds and honey.

You can eat this warm or cold, although I do prefer it warm. Make this soon and you will be just in time for the Ukrainian Catholic and Russian Orthodox Easter on May 5th!




6 responses to “Ukrainian Wheatberry and Poppyseed Pudding (Kutya, Кутя)

  1. So unique! I love everything about this treat and already have the poppyseeds to make it. Wonderful idea and thanks for the inspiration to try something new!

  2. Silly question, but do you think it’ll make a big difference if I take out the Poppyseed? I don’t have a food processor nor a mortal & pestle.. Oh! Would Magic Bullet work to grind the seed?

    Also – I should have known that reading your blog in the office at 10:26 AM will only make me hungry earlier… Lunch is not for another 1.5 hours. Uhhh… this is a problem!

    • I used a magic bullet. The short blade is the “food processor” one! But you could take them out if it’s not your thing, it just won’t be Ukrainian that way. 🙂

      Reading your blog at any time of day makes me want to travel and just live in another country for that matter, so I guess we’re even!

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