Kuwaiti cuisine is a fusion of Arabian, Iranian, Indian and Mediterranean cuisines.[1][2] 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.[3] 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 with chicken

Sauces and soups



See also


  1. ^ Riolo, Amy (2008). Arabian Delights: Recipes & Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula. Capital Books. p. 23. ISBN 9781933102559.
  2. ^ Nevins, Debbie; O'Shea, Maria (2018). Kuwait. Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC. p. 128. ISBN 9781502636409.
  3. ^ "Consumption of fish and shellfish and the regional markets". Food and Agriculture Organization. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b Riolo, 2007, p.23 - 24
  5. ^ "أشهرها «التشريب» و«الماغوطة» و«الهريس»، الكويتيون حافظوا على عادات الاجداد الغذائية الخاصة بشهر رمضان". Albayan. 15 November 2002.
  6. ^ "عادات كويتية متأصلة في شهر رمضان المبارك". Kuna.
  7. ^ DiPiazza (2006) p.57


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