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A pearled wheat, poppy seed and honey soup which is served as the first course at a traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner.


Serves: 2

  • 250 millilitres pearled barley
  • 750 millilitres cold water
  • 125 millilitres poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 83 millilitres honey
  • 125 millilitres boiling water
  • 63 millilitres chopped nuts


Kytia is a community recipe submitted by Patrizia and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Bring pearled wheat and cold water to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer until wheat kernels burst open. If it starts looking dry, add more water.
  • Scald poppy seeds with boiling water, then drain in sieve.
  • Put poppy seeds, sugar, honey and hot water in food processor or blender and process until very fine.
  • Pour into a serving bowl and add the chopped nuts.
  • When ready to serve, add the cooled pearled wheat into the poppy seed mixture. Serve cold.
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