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Modern Instant Pot Kutia

A more up-to-date version of kutia that uses some unconventional ingredients.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Ukrainian-Canadian
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 cup red or white wheat berries
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup honey creamed or liquid
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped or slivered almonds toasted
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raisins and whole dried cherries for garnish optional


  • Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Spread the dry wheat berries on a rimmed baking sheet making sure they're in one layer. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the sheet from the oven, shake to distribute the wheat berries. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the wheat berries to the Instant Pot with 4 cups of water. If there's any chaff, it'll float to the top - just remove it.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Manual and High pressure and 60 minutes
  • When the cooking is complete, do a quick release of the pressure. The wheat berries should have "opened" - add some more time if they're still intact.
  • Drain the wheat - reserving the cooking liquid.
  • Boil 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid in the microwave and add the poppy seed to the hot water. Let sit 5 to 10 minutes.
  • In a small food processor or coffee grinder, add the scalded poppy seeds, chia seeds, honey and maple syrup. Grind until combined.
  • Stir together the wheat, poppy seed mixture, dried fruit, nuts and cinnamon.
  • Serve at room temperature