Due to the presence of healthy compounds called flavonoids that are also found in large quantities in blueberries, black sweet rice (also called black glutinous rice) is actually dark purple.

Adding just a tablespoon or two to white or brown rice will give it a pretty lavender color and a mildly nutty flavor. It’s great for making multigrain rice!

You can find it at Korean grocery stores as well as many supermarkets.


Recipes that use black sweet rice (heukmi chapssal):


  1. teng UK joined 8/21 & has 1 comment

    Hi, I’m new to your site. I was thinking of making this recipes, since I have the Korean brown sweet rice but I don’t have the Korean sweet black rice. I have the Thai black glutinous rice, can I use it instead? Many thanks.

  2. oh this looks really interesting my belly is ready …

  3. Nicole4ever Las Vegas, Nevada joined 2/11 & has 11 comments

    Could you make a video on this? Seen you eatting it a lot. Looks supper yummy!

  4. Eden India joined 8/10 & has 7 comments

    Hi Gigi, you can soak the rice for few hours, dry it and then powder it. Make a batter (not too thin)and add sugar, fennel seeds(optional), sesame seeds(optional). Now, prepare it like how you will make a pancake. But keep the flame in medium. Turn it once the bottom is brown.

    Now you can enjoy!!

    Or you can mix it with jaggery, make a dough and fold it in banana leaves and steam it… we used to have this for Christmas :-)

  5. hypermom joined 2/09 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi,

    I’ve recently had black rice with beans at a Korean restaurant instead of white rice. Do you have the recipe for that? How much water and how much rice? Is this the bag that the Korean restaurants use? I went to an HMart and saw that they only had black rice in bags only.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

      yes, I do. You will have to soak beans overnight before cooking.
      This is the way how I make my multi-grain rice.

      1. Combine 1 cup of short grain rice, 1/2 cup of sweet brown rice, 1/2 cup of barley rice, and 2 tbs of black sweet rice.

      2. Wash and drain a couple of times and put it in a pot with a thick bottom.

      3. Pour 2.5 cups of water into the pot and soak it for an hour with the lid closed. (You can add soaked beans)

      4. Bring the pot to a boil over medium high heat for 10 minutes.
      Tip: it usually boils over after 8-10 minutes boiliing.

      5. Open the lid and turn the rice over with a rice scoop or spoon.

      6. Simmer it over low heat for another 10 minutes!

  6. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

    Some people use black sweet rice flour for rice cake, too.

  7. does Korean make any sweet dessert out of Black Sweet Rice? btw, i m Malaysian Chinese.

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