Halama – stuffed pumpkin in Armenian style

Pumpkin stuffed with fruit and rice is a traditional and favorite dish known in every Armenian family. Halama symbolizes “abundance” and is usually cooked in a tonir (almost the same as a tandoor oven) and served at weddings and on New Year’s Eve. The pumpkin is lowered in a wire basket over the coals and cooked this way until done. After cooking, the pumpkin is cut into slices, making it look like a flower. The flavor of the dish at this point is simply awesome! Give it a try and enjoy!

Halama – stuffed pumpkin in Armenian style

Recipe by bnfit


  • 1 whole 5-6 kg pumpkin
    1-1.5 kg semi-cooked long-grain white rice (e.g. jasmine rice)
    250 g raisins
    360 g chopped apricots
    150 g dried apple slices
    Half a cup of honey (or less, at your discretion)
    250 g butter


  • Preheat the oven to 170°C.
    Cut off the top of the pumpkin and remove the pulp and seeds, so that you end up with a sort of pot.  Do not discard the top.
    In a large bowl, mix half of the cooked rice with the dried fruit.
    Transfer the mixture to the pumpkin, filling about halfway. Pour half of the honey and half of the melted butter over the entire rice mixture.
    Again, add the rice-fruit mixture almost to the top and drizzle with the remaining honey and butter.
    Cover with the pumpkin lid.
    Wrap pumpkin in foil and place in oven. Cook for 1 hour. Remove foil, check for doneness. The pumpkin should be soft and brown. If needed bake more. Help yourself to a dish!
  • Bon appetit!

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