Tue. May 28th, 2024


Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 20 minutesCook time:1 hour 30 minutesRest time: 10 minutesTotal time:2 hours Servings:6 servingsCalories: kcal Best Season:Available


In Armenian, the word ‘Ghapama’ literally means cooked in a covered pot. Recipe-wise, ghapama is a stuffed, baked pumpkin traditionally served between the New Year and Armenian Christmas which Armenians celebrate on January 6th.



  1. Wash and dry exterior of pumpkin. Cut off the top in a circle shape, during cooking this part will be used as a lid.
  2. Scrape out the stringy fibers and seeds, rinse the inside of the pumpkin and pat dry.
  3. In a saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil, add rice, stir, cover the pot and reduce heat to low, cook for 15 minutes, rice should not be completely cooked, drain any excess liquid.
  4. In bowl, mix together the partially cooked rice, chopped, dried fruit, melted butter, salt, cinnamon, honey (or sugar), and nuts.
  5. Loosely stuff filling into pumpkin; pour the ¼ cup hot water over the top of the filling.
  6. Place the pumpkin on a baking sheet for support. Put the top of the pumpkin back on and bake at 325°F for about 1-1/2 or until soft. Insert a toothpick into the pumpkin to determine tenderness.
  7. Cut into wedges and serve.


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