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|Alternative names||Kabsah (Arabic: كبسة), machbūs (Arabic: مكبوس)|
|Place of origin||Saudi Arabia|
|Region or state||Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Iraq and Kuwait|
|Main ingredients||Rice (usually long-grain, such as basmati), meat, vegetables, and a mixture of spices (cardamom, saffron, cinnamon, black lime, bay leaves and nutmeg)|
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Kabsa (Arabic: كبسة kabsah) is a family of mixed rice dishes that are served mostly in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, where it is commonly regarded as a national dish in these countries. Kabsa, though, is believed to be indigenous to Saudi Arabia. In countries such as Jordan, Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Iraq and Kuwait, the dish is popularly known as machbūs (Arabic: مكبوس), but is served mostly in the same way.
These dishes are usually made with rice (usually long-grain, such as basmati), meat, vegetables, and a mixture of spices. There are many kinds of kabsa and each kind has a uniqueness about it. Pre-mixed kabsa spices are now available under several brand names. These reduce preparation time, but may have a flavor distinct from traditional kabsa. The spices used in kabsa are largely responsible for its taste; these are generally black pepper, cloves, cardamom, saffron, cinnamon, black lime, bay leaves and nutmeg. The main ingredient that accompanies the spices is the meat. The meats used are usually chicken, goat, lamb, camel, beef, fish and shrimp. In chicken machbūs, a whole chicken is used. The spices, rice and meat may be augmented with almonds, pine nuts, peanuts, onions and sultanas. The dish can be garnished with ḥashū (Arabic: حشو) and served hot with daqqūs (Arabic: دقّوس), which is a home-made Arabic tomato sauce.
Meat for kabsa can be cooked in various ways. A popular way of preparing meat is called mandi. This is an ancient technique, whereby meat is barbecued in a deep hole in the ground that is covered while the meat cooks. Another way of preparing and serving meat for kabsa is mathbi, where seasoned meat is grilled on flat stones that are placed on top of burning embers. A third technique, madghūt, involves cooking the meat in a pressure cooker.