Bori 보리

barleybarleyBarley is a butty grain that Koreans have been using for centuries. We usually mix it with rice, or make tea from it.

Recipe for barley rice:

1 cup of uncooked rice, 1 cup of barley and 2½ cups of water



  1. Combine  rice and barley to a thick pot and wash and drain the rice a couple of times. Drain the rice.
  2. Add 2½ cups water. Covered. Set it aside on the kitchen counter for 30 minutes. Bring it to a boil over medium high heat for about 8-10 minutes until it boils.
  3. Stir with a spoon a few times. Covered. Cook another 15- 20 minutes over low heat to simmer. Open the lid and fluff the rice with a wooden spoon. Serve with side dishes.

barleyThis barley is split barley, called halmaek.barley


Recipes that use barley (bori):



  1. Raeniel9970 Australia joined 7/13
    Posted July 31st, 2013 at 4:55 am | # |

    Can I use pearled barley for this recipe?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 31st, 2013 at 9:50 am | # |

      yes, you can. I sometimes use it too.

  2. alimama ny joined 9/11
    Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 4:41 pm | # |

    can i use pressed barley?

  3. JamieF New Zealand joined 1/11
    Posted March 23rd, 2011 at 3:34 pm | # |

    Thanks for the recipe on this page – I used it to make my rice last night and it was delicious – such a nice change from just rice. I do have a question though Maangchi: do you ever put salt in your rice when you are cooking it?

  4. korea4me South Korea joined 10/09
    Posted February 3rd, 2011 at 3:56 pm | # |

    우와! 망치의 보리밥 만드는 방법을 발견하네요! 기분이 참 좋습니다! 내일 설날 음식을 위해 보리밥을 꼭 준비하겠어요! ^__^

  5. Jennifer
    Posted July 14th, 2009 at 2:51 pm | # |

    I have a couple of request for you. I was wondering if you could show me how to make the split mung bean pancakes with pork and fernbrake and also the split mung bean stew bee-gee-gigae with kimchi and pork as well.

    Thank you so much!

  6. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted November 17th, 2008 at 9:26 pm | # |

    Sorry I have no idea about your question, but I think it depends on your choice.

  7. mattlai
    Posted November 17th, 2008 at 1:06 pm | # |

    hey maanchi! how is the november weather in NY?
    this is the closest ingridient i could find to post my question. OK, my question is i bought a a bag of mixed beans for rice but I do not know the ratio to mix in with the rice. I was wondering if you knew. I dont want to mess it up! The beans look delicious

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