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How to Make Pugita With Upo (Octopus With Calabash)

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How to make pugita with upo (octopus with calabash).

How to make pugita with upo (octopus with calabash).

Upo is the Tagalog or Filipino word for calabash, also called bottle gourd or white-flowered gourd. It grows on a vine, and it is commonly sold in Filipino marketplaces. Pugita is the Tagalog word for octopus.

Let me share with you my simple yet delicious and healthy octopus recipe. It is can be served as a seafood-vegetable main dish.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

30 min

45 min

4 servings


  • 250 grams octopus, sliced
  • 1 medium calabash (bottle gourd), sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 small head garlic, peeled
  • 4 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 inch ginger, sliced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • water, as needed
  • cooking oil


For Preparation:

  • 2 medium bowls
  • 1 big bowl
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking:

  • cooking spoon
  • pan


  1. In a pan, saute onion, garlic, ginger, and tomatoes.
  2. Add water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, add the octopus. Cover the pan. Cook until almost tender.
The completed octopus with bottle gourd recipe.

The completed octopus with bottle gourd recipe.

Tips and Techniques

  • You can cook the octopus faster by using a pressure cooker.
  • Add any preferred seasonings.
  • Adjust the amount of water if needed.
  • The bigger the octopus, the more time it needs to cook.
  • To lessen the cooking time, allow the water to come to a boil first.

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