Poppy seeds pudding

Delicious Christmas pudding made of wheat berries, poppy seeds, honey, raisins, chopped walnuts and almonds.

This pudding is a very popular Christmas dish in Eastern Europe where it’s called “Kutia”. It’s usually served during Christmas Eve’s dinner as the first dish in the traditional twelve – dish dinner.
The poppy seeds needs to be ground in a seeds grinder, a meat grinder or a food processor with a grinding function.
Serve in small, round glasses, decorated with a dollop of a double cream and some almond flakes. Enjoy!

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Try adding some orange or lemon zest to bring out extra flavour.

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Poppy seeds pudding

Our rating: 51

Serves: 6

Poppy seeds pudding


  • 200 g wheat berries
  • 200 g poppy seeds
  • 4 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 100 g raisins, soaked in hot water
  • 50 g walnuts, chopped
  • 50 g almond, chopped
  • few drops of almond extract
  • double cream to serve


  • Cook the wheat berries according to the instruction on the package, drain and leave to cool.
  • Place the poppy seeds in a small pan and scald with boiling water, (pour enough water to cover it completely), stir, cover with a lid and leave for 20 minutes.
  • Drain and grind in a seed grinder, meat grinder or a food processor. When using a meat grinder, you’d need to grind them 3 times.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine together poppy seeds, wheat berries, almonds, raisins, walnuts, honey and lemon juice, add a few drops of almond extract and mix well.
  • Taste and add some more honey if necessary.
  • Put the bowl into a fridge and allow to cool for 2 hours.
  • Transfer into serving glasses, decorate with a dollop of double cream and almond flakes and serve.


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