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4 servings
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
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Creamy Wheat Berry Porridge

A spin-off of the traditional Ukrainian dish - Kutya - usually served during Christmas Eve supper. It is chewy, creamy and nutty and will keep you feeling full for many hours.



  1. Pick through the wheat berries to remove sticks and debris, rinse in cold water and place in a slow cooker, cover with 6 cups of water and set on slow for 6-8 hours.
  2. While the berries are on their last hour or so, cover the poppy seeds in about 1/2 cup of boiling water and let soak for 30 minutes. Drain poppy seeds and place in a blender with the sour cream. Pulse on high for 30 to 60 seconds, or until you can see that all the seeds are broken down in to small particles.
  3. While the poppy seeds are soaking, chop walnuts and toast on a piece of foil in the oven at 350 °F (175 °C) for 10 minutes. Let nuts cool while you are prepping the rest of the dish.
  4. Drain wheat berries, combine with poppy seed and sour cream mixture, add the Splenda, mix well until thoroughly combined. Sprinkle each serving with walnuts, serve warm.
  5. Note: one serving is about 1 cup of wheat berry mixture with approximately 1 tablespoon of chopped toasted nuts (pictured in the photo). You can substitute 4 tablespoons of honey or sugar for Splenda, but add that in to your calories.
  6. Note: wheat Berries can be found in the health food or bulk section of most supermarkets. If your store doesn't carry them check nearest Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.
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It's a bit time consuming, but worth it.
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08 Feb 10 by member: NinaV
I made this tonight for my dinner. It was a bit challenging draining the poppy seeds, and I don't think it made a difference any way. I won't soak them the next time, nor will I blend them in the blender - that didn't work for me either. I also used honey instead of splenda. In any case, this turned out to be quite tasty and I will definitely make it again. Thanks for sharing!
24 Sep 12 by member: monsterM1


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Nutrition summary:

There are 283 calories in 1 serving of Creamy Wheat Berry Porridge.
Calorie break-down: 33% fat, 56% carbs, 11% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 99
Calories 283
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 10.96g 17%
  Saturated Fat 2.853g 14%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 5.378g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 2.008g  
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Potassium 337mg  
Total Carbohydrate 41.7g 14%
  Dietary Fiber 6.8g 27%
  Sugars 1.06g  
Protein 8.45g  
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 53% Iron 63%
of RDI*
(283 calories)
14% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (56%)
Fat (33%)
Protein (11%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories