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Lentil Ghapama (Armenian Stuffed Squash)

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May 14, 2019

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Ghapama is a a traditional Armenian dish of stuffed pumpkin, typically served around the Christmas season. Our version uses acorn squash and a blend of lentils, beef, and rice with aromatic additions of cinnamon, Baharat, and dried apples.

  • Prep: 10 Minutes
  • Cook: 45 Minutes
  • 10 Minutes

    45 Minutes

    55 Minutes

  • Yields: 10


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Cut the top off acorn squash and scoop out guts. Set aside.
  3. Cook lentils, rice, cinnamon, Baharat, and salt in water until tender. Mix with beef, diced apples, and peanuts.
  4. Coat inside of squash with oil and fill with lentil mixture. Cover squash with its top and cook in oven for 45 minutes. The flesh of the squash should be tender.
  5. Carefully cut squash in half and serve each half with filling while warm.


5 acorn squash

2 ½ cups (625 mL) split red lentils, dry

2 ½ cups (625 mL) brown rice, dry

2 Tbsp (30 mL) cinnamon, ground

⅓ cup (75 mL) Baharat

1 tsp (5 mL) salt

10 cups (2.5 L) water

1 ¼ lb (625 g) ground beef, browned

1 ¼ cup (310 mL) dried apples, diced

½ cup (125 mL) peanuts, unsalted chopped


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size3 cups (750 mL)
Sodium300 mg
Potassium1678 mg
Protein31 g
Cholesterol40 mg
Sugar13 g
Total Fat18 g
Saturated Fat5 g
Total Carbohydrates110 g
Dietary Fiber17 g