From the Archives of the Romuva Yahoo Group
Originally posted 12/05/2004 by Jonas Trinkūnas
Kučia is a grain-based dish traditionally served on both Vėlinės and Kučios and shared with the ancestors. Since the main ingredient is sprouted wheat berries, there is some preparation. Some simply soak the berries overnight, and that could be done in a pinch, but it is better to sprout them.
Hard winter or hard spring berries will sprout better than soft wheat. Hard Winter berries have the longest shelf life. Here are instructions for sprouting from https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/sprouting/how-to-sprout-wheat-berries/
- Rinse ½ cup wheat berries and remove any debris or stones.
- Place wheat berries in a quart-size sprouting jar or other sprouting container.
- Fill with water, cover with a sprouting screen or mesh sprouting lid. Soak at least 6 hours or overnight.
- Drain all water off the wheat berries.
- Invert the jar over a bowl at an angle so that the wheat berries will drain and still allow air to circulate.
- After 8-12 hours of draining, rinse and drain again.
- Repeat rinsing and draining 2-3 times daily.
- Tiny sprouts should begin to form in 2-3 days. At this point, sprouting is complete. Drain well before use or storage.
Sprouted grain will keep for about 3 days in the refrigerator.
The evening before use, soak nuts and poppy seeds in water (I do not yet have measurements but will edit later to include them). Drain in morning.
Mix the sprouted grain mixture with the poppy seeds and nuts and add honey to taste. Optionally, you may add raisins soaked overnight in water or other grains like ground flaxseed, or sprouted rye or flaxseed.
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