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Ukrainian Christmas Eve Kutia – Gluten Free Recipe

Glutten Free Kutia + Millet grain recipeChristmas Eve has passed for some, but many of my family and friends are still looking forward to celebrate this holiday on January 6th and 7th.

I have been asked if there might be a suitable grain to prepare a gluten free Kutia dish for Christmas Eve, hence this recipe today for Millet Kutia.

Another grain which can be used, is Oat grain, which I was unable to find locally (oatmeal is not suitable for this recipe).

Millet Kutia has a similar grainy texture as Whole Wheat Kutia, with slightly sweeter taste, hence it needs less honey to flavor it with.

In the past I posted a very successful recipe for Gluten Free Varenyky (perogies).   Hopefully we can come up with other gluten free recipes for a Traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner, for those who are gluten intolerant.

Please share your favorite meatless, gluten free, recipes with our readers.  Thank you.

Glutten Free Kutia - close up

This recipe yields 2 cups of Kutia.

Ukrainian Christmas Eve Kutia – Gluten Free Recipe

Ukrainian Christmas Eve Kutia – Gluten Free Recipe


  • 1 cup of Millet grains
  • 2.5 cups of cold water
  • 2 Tbs. Honey (I used Orange Blossom flavored honey)
  • 1-2 Tbs. Poppy seeds (I used Solo Puppy Seed Filling)
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins or craisins (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp. Walnut Extract (optional)


  1. Place 1 cup of Millet grains in a small sieve, place under running water, to rinse it well.
  2. Fill a 2 quart pot with 2 cups of cold water, add Millet, cover and bring to boil.
  3. Uncover partially, and cook for 15 minutes, or until al dente, so it remains grainy rather than mushy.
  4. Remove from heat, drain off hot water.
  5. Add cold water, mix, and pour over a sieve, to fully drain.
  6. Place cooled grains in a small bowl, and flavor with honey, poppy seed, raisins, nuts and extract.
  7. Cover, and keep refrigerated until ready to use.


Millet grain does not require prior soaking as whole wheat grain does. Also, you may adjust the honey and poppy seed amounts to suit your own taste.

6 thoughts on “Ukrainian Christmas Eve Kutia – Gluten Free Recipe”

  1. alice Schwartz says:

    Just made this using brown rice in a rice cooker.worked great and addedthe other ingredients later .

  2. Suburban Grandma says:

    So glad to hear that. Thank you for sharing your suggestion, which will be helpful for all the GF readers, who love Kutia, and hopefully Brown Rice.
    I was also told that Barley is a good substitute for wheat for this dish, which is GF as well.
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  3. Steve says:

    Barley is not a gluten free grain, so you must use the millet or brown rice. I should know I am a coeliac.

  4. Suburban Grandma says:

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. However, I am not sure why you are referring to Barley, as a NOT GF grain….my Kutia recipe is from Millet. Unless you are just adding in this information as an FYI…so others who are GF will not use that grain….???

  5. Rosey Parubchak says:

    I happen to be searching for a Gluten free Kolach recipe and came across your site for the Kutia, and to my surprise it was the same recipe that I use last year for Xmas eve the 6th. I decided to try my hand at a Gluten free kolach this year . I have baked my own traditional kolach for many years, but not with gf flour so I am a bit hesitant as to where to start. Do you by chance have a recipe that I can go by. My daughter-in-law would be very grateful.

  6. Suburban Grandma says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.
    Unfortunately I do not have a gluten free recipe for kolach, but I will try to look for one, and let you know if I find it.
    However, I do have a gluten free VARENYKY – perogies…recipe which is quite successful. My husband loved them. The pinching part is different, as the dough does not stick, but if you press them gently together you will be fine. Merry Christmas!

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