Traditional Ukrainian recipes spice up the holidays > I

Posted On January 7, 2007

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Food is an essential element in Ukrainian Christmas celebrations. Many dishes have their roots in ancient pre-Christian traditions, and were adapted when Christianity came to the country in 988 A.D.
Recipes varied from one village to another, depending on what kinds of foods were available locally. Some have since been adapted based on what is commonly available in American groceries. Following are some of the more popular traditional Ukrainian dishes.

This traditional sweet pudding-like dish is served on Christmas Eve.
Ingredients >
2 cups wheat kernels (some substitute 2 cups Cream of Wheat)
3 quarts water
1 cup poppy seeds
1/3 cup honey
2/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Method >
Soak wheat kernels overnight in water. Dissolve honey in 3/4 cup of hot water. Bring wheat to a boil, then simmer 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally, until wheat kernels burst. Grind poppy seeds to a flour or paste. When wheat cools, add poppy, honey and other ingredients to it.