Mini ghapama with butternut squash instead of pumpkin
Type Stew
Place of origin Armenia
Main ingredients Pumpkin, rice, dried fruits (almonds, apple, cornel, apricot, prunes, raisins)
Cookbook: Ghapama  Media: Ghapama

Ghapama (Armenian: ղափամա) is an Armenian stuffed pumpkin dish,[1] often prepared during the Christmas season. It is prepared by removing the guts of the pumpkin (known as դդում in Armenian, pronounced ddum in Eastern Armenian and ttum in Western Armenian) and stuffing it with boiled rice and dried fruits such as chopped almonds, apple, cornel, apricot, plums, dates, prunes and raisins. It is also common to pour on honey and mix in ground cinnamon or sugar. The pumpkin is then baked until it becomes soft, then brought to the table where it is cut up and served.

There is an Armenian song about the meal known as Հէյ Ջան Ղափամա (Hey Jan Ghapama),[2] popularized by Harout Pamboukjian.

See also


  1. "Ghapama". Glendale News Press. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  2. Irina Petrosian; David Underwood (2006). Armenian Food: Fact, Fiction & Folklore. pp. 120–. ISBN 978-1-4116-9865-9.
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