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Ghapama- Stuffed, baked Pumpkin

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.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 4 people


  • 1 pumpkin (about 3 lbs)
  • cups rice
  • 4 tbsp butter (melted)
  • ¼ cup each of dried plums, apricots and cherries (chopped)
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • tbsp honey
  • ½ cup nuts (chopped)
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • dash of salt (or to taste)


  • Wash and dry exterior of pumpkin. Cut off the top in a circle shape as it will be used as a lid.
  • Scrape out the stringy fibers and seeds. Discard fibers, but rinse and save the seeds for roasting later on, if desired. Rinse the inside of the pumpkin; pat dry.
  • In a saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add rice, stir, cover the pot and reduce heat to low. Cook rice for about 15 minutes. Rice should not be completely cooked. Drain any excess liquid.
  • In bowl, mix together the partially cooked rice, chopped, dried fruit, melted butter, salt, cinnamon, honey (or sugar), and nuts, if using.
  • Loosely stuff filling into pumpkin; pour the ¼ cup hot water over the top of the filling.
  • 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 to 2 hours or until soft. Insert a toothpick into the pumpkin to determine tenderness.
  • Cut into wedges; serve.
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