This stuffed pumpkin, ghapama, has special significance in Armenia. The pumpkins symbolize the world, in which the rice symbolizes the population and the dried fruits and nuts for the people of all different nations and races that live on the planet. According to an ancient belief, making ghapama fills the world with peace and kindness.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Oven time: 60-90 minutes
Step 1. Prepare the pumpkin
Cut off the top (the lid) of the pumpkin. Put the 'lid' aside, you will need it later.
Clean the inside of the pumpkin. Scrape out the seeds and threads with a spoon.
Then lubricate the pumpkin well inside and out with the honey.
Then preheat the oven to 160 degrees.
Step 2. Make the filling
Boil the rice according to the directions on the package, until it is almost cooked and drain.
Coarsely chop the almonds, dried dates, apricots, plums and raisins.
Melt the butter in a saucepan and add it to the rice mixture along with the chopped nuts and fruits.
Season with salt.
Put the rice mixture in the pumpkin, pour 60 ml of warm water evenly over it and put the pumpkin lid back on.
Step 3. In the oven
Place the pumpkin in a large oven dish and place in the preheated oven at 160 ° C.
Let it be done in 60 to 90 minutes.
Insert a knife into the pumpkin to determine if it is cooked. When the pumpkin feels soft, take it out of the oven.
Cut it in from top to bottom so that the pieces flip out like petals.
Բարի ախորժակ ('Enjoy your meal')
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300 grams of long grain rice
1 pumpkin weighing about 1-1.5 kilos
3 tbsp honey
50 grams of dates without stone
50 grams of dried apricots
50 grams of prunes
50 grams of raisins
50 grams of almonds
3 tbsp butter
60 ml of warm water
Salt to taste
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