Thursday 19 April 2018

Kuwaiti Cuisine

Kuwaiti cuisine is very important to the culture of Kuwait. A very significant part of the Kuwaiti diet is fish and other seafood, the main fish eaten by Kuwaitis is the Zobaidi.

Another fish is the Hamour (grouper) , typically served grilled, fried, best for Biryani, it has thick flesh and a distinctive taste. Other popular local fish include Safi (rabbitfish), Chanad, and Sobaity (see bream). Most of the time, fish is eaten with rice.

Kuwaiti cuisine is an infusion of Indian, Persian, Mediterranean, and Najdi cuisines.
A prominent dish in Kuwait is known as
Machboos , a rice-based dish made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and chicken, mutton, fish, eggs, or vegetables.

There are lots of other available cuisines due to the international workforce in Kuwait.

Kuwait's traditional flatbread is called
Khubz . It is a large flatbread baked in a special oven. Numerous Khubz bakeries dot the country. It is often served with mahyawa fish sauce.


Harees , (Arabic: ﻫﺮﻳﺲ ) wheat cooked with meat then mashed, usually topped with cinnamon sugar.

Mahyawa , a tangy sauce made out of fish. Gers Ogaily, (Arabic: ﻗﺮﺹ ﻋﻘﻴﻠﻲ ) a traditional cake made with eggs, flour, sugar, cardamom, and saffron. Traditionally served with tea.

Labneh (Arabic: ﻟﺒﻦ ) (yogurt milk)
Biryani , (Arabic: ﺑﺮﻳﺎﻧﻲ ) a very common dish, which consists of heavily seasoned rice cooked with chicken or lamb. Originally from the Indian sub-continent.

Ghuraiba , brittle cookies made from flour, butter, powdered sugar and cardamom. It's usually served with Arabic coffee.

Zalabia , fried dough soaked in syrup (sugar, lemon, and saffron, it has a distinctive swirly shape.

Lugaimat , (Arabic: ﻟﻘﻴﻤﺎﺕ) fried yeast dumplings soaked in saffron syrup (sugar, lemon, and saffron).

Bayth elgita , (Arabic: ﺑﻴﺾ ﺍﻟﻘﻄﺎ ) a fried cookie filled with a mixture of ground nuts and tossed in powdered sugar.It was named after the egg of the Crowned Sandgrouse (common to the area) due to its similar shape.

Khabees , sweet dish made of flour and oil margoog, (Arabic: ﻣﺮﻗﻮﻕ ) vegetable stew, usually containing squash and eggplant, cooked with thin pieces of rolled out dough
Mumawwash , (Arabic: ﻣﻤﻮﺵ ) rice cooked with black lentils and topped with dry shrimp.

Balaleet , (Arabic: ﺑﻼﻟﻴﻂ) sweet saffron noodles served with savory omelet on top.

Qouzi , (Arabic: ﻗﻮﺯﻱ) Kuwaiti dish consisting of a roasted lamb stuffed with rice, meat, eggs, and other ingredients.

Machboos , (Arabic: ﻣﺠﺒﻮﺱ ) a dish made with mutton, chicken, or fish accompanied over fragrant rice that has been cooked in chicken/mutton well spiced broth.

Mutabbaq samak , (Arabic: ﻣﻄﺒﻖ ﺳﻤﻚ ) fish served over rice. Rice is cooked in well spiced fish stock.

Jireesh (yireesh) (Arabic: ﻳﺮﻳﺶ ), a mash of cooked spelt with chicken or lamb, tomatoes, and some spices. Gabout (gabboot) (Arabic: ﻗﺒﻮﻁ ), stuffed flour dumplings in a thick meat stew.

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