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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 203.9
  • Total Fat: 5.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 59.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 35.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.0 g
  • Protein: 5.1 g

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Koliva

Submitted by: OPERACHIC
Koliva

Introduction

This delicious dish is a traditional food used liturgically in the Greek and Russian Orthodox church. Some people also eat this dish outside of its liturgical use. It is high in fiber and provides iron and protein. It is sweet and chewy, with a soft, gravel-like texture. You could eat this as a dessert or as a breakfast food. The wheat berries used can be purchased online or at a grocery that sells grains in bulk (such as Whole Foods). This delicious dish is a traditional food used liturgically in the Greek and Russian Orthodox church. Some people also eat this dish outside of its liturgical use. It is high in fiber and provides iron and protein. It is sweet and chewy, with a soft, gravel-like texture. You could eat this as a dessert or as a breakfast food. The wheat berries used can be purchased online or at a grocery that sells grains in bulk (such as Whole Foods).
Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    1 cup dry, hulled wheat berries
    4 cups water
    1 cup sliced almonds
    1 cup dried mixed fruit (cranberries, golden & seedless dark raisins, strawberries, cherries, currants, etc.)...or any dried fruit of your choice
    1/4 cup (or more) chopped fresh mint leaves
    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    Topping:
    7 full sheets of graham cracker (or 1 cup crumbs)
    3/4 cup powdered sugar
    1/3 cup (or less) sliced almonds

Directions

Rinse and drain wheat berries. Boil them covered for an hour in 4 cups water as you would cook rice. Do not allow berries to burst by overcooking. After cooked, drain in a colander. Dunk colander into a big bowl of ice water to cool the berries and stop the cooking process. Drain again, and allow berries to drain overnight (or for a few hours) in the frig.
Chop almond slices, fruit and mint into small pieces. (If using only evenly sized fruit such as raisins, you don't have to chop the fruit.) Mix nuts, fruit, mint, and cinnamon evenly into drained wheat berries. Place in serving dish and pat down.
Using a food processor or mortar & pestle, grind graham cracker sheets into fine crumbs. Evenly coat the top of the Koliva with the graham cracker crumbs and pat down with large spoon or bottom of measuring cup. This layer will trap any moisture, so don't skip it! Next sift or evenly sprinkle powdered sugar to completely coat the top of the dessert. You can pat this second layer down as well to make it smooth. Finally, using the additional sliced almonds, make a cross (or other designs) on the top of the dessert.

This recipe makes about 12 half cup servings.

(Besides the main photo of the finished dessert, I have uploaded a photo of the filling so you can see the texture and colorful berries and mint. To see this additional photo, click on "upload a photo".)

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user OPERACHIC.






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