Kuwaiti cuisine is very important to the culture of Kuwait. The national dish of Kuwait known as machboos (Arabic: مكبوس) consists mainly of mutton, chicken, or fish placed over or mixed in a large mass of well-cooked and prepared rice. Food is almost always prepared and served in large amounts, and it is extremely common for households to invite guests over to share meals. Kuwaiti cuisine is an infusion of Indian, Persian, Mediterranean, and Najdi (the center of the Arabian peninsula) cuisines. Finally, a Kuwaiti meal is never complete unless it is accompanied by dates and either a side of yogurt or tahini (locally called harda (Arabic: هرده)) .
- Qouzi, (Arabic: قوزي) Kuwaiti dish consisting of a roasted lamb stuffed with rice, meat, eggs, and other ingredients.
- Machboos, (Arabic: مجبوس) the national 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.
- Laban (Arabic: لبن) (buttermilk)
- Gers Ogaily, (Arabic: قرص عقيلي) a traditional cake made with eggs, flour, sugar, cardamom, and saffron. Traditionally served with tea.
- Harees, (Arabic: هريس) wheat cooked with meat then mashed, usually topped with cinnamon sugar.
- 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.
- margoog, (Arabic: مرقوق) vegetable stew, usually containing squash and eggplant, cooked with thin pieces of rolled out dough
- Biryani, (Arabic: برياني) heavily seasoned rice cooked with chicken or lamb. Originally an Indian dish. Very common in Kuwait.
- 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.
- 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).
- Lugaimat, (Arabic: لقيمات) fried yeast dumplings soaked in saffron syrup (sugar, lemon, and saffron).
- bayth elgita, (Arabic: بيض القطا) an 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 it's similar shape.
- ^ a b Riolo, 2007, p.23 - 24
- ^ DiPiazza (2006) p.57
- DiPiazza, Francesca Davis, 2006 Kuwait in Pictures, Twenty-First Century Books, p.56- 57, ISBN 0-8225-6589-7
- O'Shea, Maria, 1999, Kuwait, Marshall Cavendish p.114- 121, ISBN 0-7614-0871-1
- Riolo, Amy, 2007, Arabian Delights: Recipes & Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula, Capital Books, p.23- 24, ISBN 1-933102-55-1