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Making of Traditional Armenian Ghapama Dish for New Year’s Eve

Updated: Jan 2

 Making of Traditional Armenian Ghapama Dish for New Year’s Eve

As the new year approaches, Chef Vache Janoyan from Yeremyan Projects in Yerevan, is showing us the cherished tradition of preparing Ghapama, a quintessential Armenian dish that steals the spotlight on New Year’s Eve tables.

So, what's Ghapama? Well, imagine a big, cozy pumpkin stuffed with a mix of white rice, dried fruits, almonds, butter, honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It's like a flavor party in a pumpkin!

Ghapama, a culinary delight deeply embedded in Armenian culture, takes center stage during the New Year's Eve feast. Chef Janoyan shares insights into the significance and diverse variations of this beloved dish.

Now, there are two types of Ghapama. The classic one is all sweet and nice, with rice and dried fruits. But Chef Janoyan tells us that back in the day, Armenians used to jazz it up with meatballs, beef, lamb, or chicken. Sweet or savory, both sound yummy!

But wait, there's more to this dish than just deliciousness. Ghapama isn't just food; it's like a symbol. The pumpkin represents our planet Earth, and the seeds inside? They stand for the really important stuff – things like love, faith, and humanity. And you know what brings it all together? That sweet honey, binding everything in a warm hug of flavors!

Why make Ghapama on New Year's Eve, you ask? Well, it's not just about the food. It's a special night in Armenian culture – it's when Santa swings by with his gifts! Making Ghapama is a way to welcome the new year with hope, unity, and good vibes.

To all our awesome readers at The Armenian Report, we're sending lots of New Year cheer your way! Here's to a year filled with health, happiness, and lots of Ghapama moments shared with loved ones. Cheers to a peaceful year ahead!


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