(Kabsah, كبسة, Machboos, Makbūs, Machboos, Machbous, Magbous, Majboos, Majbus, Machbu, مكبوس/مچبوس)
Kabsa is a rice dish that is enjoyed throughout the Gulf States of the Arabian Peninsula. Heavily influenced by Persian and Indian biryanis, kabsa makes use of the water that was used to cook fish or meat and re-using it to cook the spiced, long-grain rice in it, perfectly blending all the flavors and spices.
The dish can be made with chicken, lamb, camel meat, fish, or even shrimps. The meat or fish is usually placed on top of the rice, and the whole dish is served on a large platter, meant to be shared and eaten by hands. Although it originated in Yemen, this traditional combination of rice and meat is incredibly popular in Qatar, where it is considered a national dish.
Across the Arabian Peninsula, kabsa is also known as machboos.