Kuwaiti cuisine facts for kids
Kuwaiti cuisine is a fusion of Arabian, Iranian, and Mesopotamian cuisines. Kuwaiti cuisine is part of the Eastern Arabian cuisine. A prominent dish in Kuwaiti cuisine is machboos, a rice-based dish usually prepared with basmati rice seasoned with spices, and chicken or mutton.
Seafood is a significant part of the Kuwaiti diet, especially fish. Mutabbaq samak is a national dish in Kuwait. Other local favourites are hamour (grouper), which is typically served grilled, fried, or with biryani rice because of its texture and taste; safi (rabbitfish); maid (mulletfish); and sobaity (sea bream).
Kuwait's traditional flatbread is called Iranian khubz. It is a large flatbread baked in a special oven and it is often topped with sesame seeds. Numerous local bakeries dot the country; the bakers are mainly Iranians (hence the name of the bread, "Iranian khubuz"). Bread is often served with mahyawa fish sauce.
There are many other cuisines available due to the international workforce in Kuwait.
- Biryani (Arabic: بريانيcode: ar is deprecated ) – a very common dish, which consists of heavily seasoned rice cooked with chicken or lamb. Originally from the Indian sub-continent.
- Gabout (Arabic: قبوطcode: ar is deprecated ), – stuffed flour dumplings in a thick meat stew.
- Harees (Arabic: هريسcode: ar is deprecated ) – wheat cooked with meat then mashed, usually topped with cinnamon sugar.
- Jireesh (Yireesh) (Arabic: جريشcode: ar is deprecated ) – a mash of cooked spelt with chicken or lamb, tomatoes, and some spices.
- Machboos (Arabic: مجبوسcode: ar is deprecated ) – a dish made with mutton, chicken, or fish accompanied over fragrant rice that has been cooked in chicken/mutton well-spiced broth.
- Mashkhool (Arabic: مشخولcode: ar is deprecated ) – white rice and at the bottom of the pot, there are rings of onion with turmeric and black pepper. and sometimes potatoes and eggplants are also added at the bottom of the pot.
- mashwi jeder (Arabic: مشوي جدرcode: ar is deprecated ) – white rice with beef or chicken, onions, potatoes and spices all at the bottom of the pot and then flipped upside down on a plate.
- Maidem (Arabic: ميدم) – a white rice and on top of it ground fish mixed with spices.
- Marabyan (Arabic: مربينcode: ar is deprecated ) – a rice cooked with either fresh or dry shrimp.
- Maglooba (Arabic: مقلوبةcode: ar is deprecated ) – rice cooked with meat and potatoes and eggplant.
- Margoog (Arabic: مرقوقcode: ar is deprecated ) – vegetable stew, usually containing squash and eggplant, cooked with thin pieces of rolled out dough.
- Mumawwash (Arabic: مموشcode: ar is deprecated ) – rice cooked with green lentils and can be topped with dry shrimp.
- Muaddas (Arabic: معدسcode: ar is deprecated ) – rice cooked with red lentils and can be topped with dry shrimp.
- Mutabbaq samak (Arabic: مطبق سمكcode: ar is deprecated ) – fish served over rice. Rice is cooked in well-spiced fish stock.
- Quzi (Arabic: قوزيcode: ar is deprecated ) – roasted lamb stuffed with rice, meat, eggs, and other ingredients.
Sauces and soups
- Daqqus (Arabic: دقوسcode: ar is deprecated ) – Type of tomato sauce served alongside rice
- Mabboj (Arabic: معبوجcode: ar is deprecated ) – It is hot sauce, red or green pepper mixed with other ingredients.
- Mahyawa (Arabic: مهياوةcode: ar is deprecated ) – a tangy fish sauce.
- Marrag (Arabic: مرقcode: ar is deprecated ) – It is a type of broth with tomato paste and a variety of vegetables and spices.
- Lentil soup
- Asida (Arabic: عصيدةcode: ar is deprecated ) – a dish made up of cooked wheat flour, with added butter or honey.
- Balaleet (Arabic: بلاليطcode: ar is deprecated ) – sweet saffron noodles served with a savoury omelette on top.
- Bayth elgitta (Arabic: بيض القطاcode: ar is deprecated ) – 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.
- Darabeel (Arabic: درابيلcode: ar is deprecated ) – made from flour, eggs, milk and sugar formed into very thin rolled layers. Sometimes sugar, cardamom or cinnamon are added.
- Lugaimat (Arabic: لقيماتcode: ar is deprecated ) – fried yeast dumplings topped with sugar syrup (sugar, saffron).
- Gers ogaily (Arabic: قرص عقيليcode: ar is deprecated ) – a traditional cake made with eggs, flour, sugar, cardamom, and saffron. Traditionally served with tea.
- Zalabia (Arabic: زلابيةcode: ar is deprecated ) – fried dough soaked in syrup (sugar, lemon, and saffron, it has a distinctive swirly shape.
- Ghraiba – Delicate cookies made of flour, butter, powdered sugar and cardamom. Usually served with Arabic coffee.
- Khabeesa – sweet dish made of flour and oil.
- Sab Alqafsha (Kuwaiti Arabic: صب القفشة) – similar to lugaimat but with additional saffron and cardamom syrup.
- Elba (Arabic: ألبةcode: ar is deprecated ) – Kuwaiti milk pudding with saffron and cardamom.
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