Perilla seeds powder

Deulkkae-garu 들깨가루

Perilla seeds powder adds a nutty, milky thickness to many soups, stews, and vegetable dishes in Korean cuisine. These ground, fresh, nutty, and savory seeds are from perilla plants.

Perilla seed powder (deulkkae-garu: 들깨가루)


You can find perilla seeds powder in a Korean grocery store, in the grain section near the sesame seeds. Usually whole toasted perilla seeds can be found there, too, so in a pinch you can buy those and use them as a substitute. To prepare them, grind some of the seeds in a blender with some water to make a watery sludge. Then use a fine strainer to separate the liquids from the solids, and then further squeeze the solids with a wooden spoon to get every last drop. Discard the solids and use the milky liquid in your cooking.




Recipes that use perilla seeds powder (deulkkae-garu):



  1. Kodji Canada joined 8/16
    Posted August 26th, 2016 at 1:57 pm | # |

    Hello! I bought your cookbook a few months ago and am enjoying trying different recipes for my family! I purchased a bag of perilla seed powder online; and used it to try your potato soybean paste soup. The flavour is delicious; but it is surprisingly viscous. Is this normal? I feel like I did something wrong along the way!

  2. beckaivans joined 10/15
    Posted July 9th, 2016 at 9:07 pm | # |

    Is this the same as “wild sesame” seed powder. At the store they did not have anything called perilla seeds but the whole “wild sesame” seeds looked more like perilla seeds than sesame seeds. Thanks!

  3. Andrew Wellington, New Zealand joined 4/11
    Posted September 11th, 2015 at 5:34 pm | # |

    I remember deulkkae garu from your very serious gamja tang video. I’m sorry I missed you when you came to New Zealand I was in the islands at the time and didn’t know until I got back.

  4. sonyeonggug Canada joined 6/11
    Posted June 28th, 2011 at 1:11 am | # |

    Hello Maangchi I am going to make Gamjatang for my family today.
    My aunt got me 들깨가루 at a big 시장 today, but she told me its the seeds instead of the powder, also its raw。 please tell what can I do to make it into the 들깨가루 that suits for this recepi, I mean should I mince them and cooked them?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 28th, 2011 at 8:28 am | # |

      No problem! ; ) Blend the dried perilla seeds with water and strain. Use the milky water that is strained.

      • sonyeonggug Canada joined 6/11
        Posted June 28th, 2011 at 7:25 pm | # |

        Thank u for replying! I cant wait u to reply last night so I made it first, I roast the deulggae seeds by using a pot then I crushed&pressed them used a rolling pin, then I put them in the soup, it tastes amazing! my mom says she doesnt like the ggaenip flavor, she says when she is young only people who are poor like that flavor is it true? lol anyway she eats a big bowl of them!! my little bro who is 7 years old eat 2!!! how amazing is that! lol but I still think my homemade deulggae garu is not good enough, cuz my uncle has restaurant here just sell gamjatang, in his soup the deulggagaru flavor is stronger! I love this flavor since I was born! soo delicious! Does it mean I am poor? lol Thank u so much again& love u!^^

        • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
          Posted June 29th, 2011 at 6:36 am | # |

          I’m sure your next batch of gamjatang will turn out better. ” .., she says when she is young only people who are poor like that flavor is it true? ” haha, funny! I have never heard it before.

  5. sfsfai Hong Kong joined 2/11
    Posted February 23rd, 2011 at 12:09 pm | # |

    i can’t find Perilla seeds powder … can i replace it with basil ?? -_-

  6. souteelak Seattle, WA joined 2/10
    Posted February 14th, 2010 at 3:20 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi!

    Besides gamjatang (which I made yesterday and was delcious!) what other recipes utilize perilla powder?

    Thank you!

  7. Anonymous
    Posted November 2nd, 2009 at 10:10 pm | # |

    i couldn’t find the perilla seed powder, but my grocery has perilla seeds. can i get those and crush them myself?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted November 2nd, 2009 at 10:34 pm | # |

      Yes, you can. Grind them using a coffee grinder.

  8. Honhui Zhao
    Posted November 1st, 2009 at 7:14 am | # |

    In China, there are some kinds of perilla seed. Different color: Grey (Korean like it!)/ White (European like it!)/ Brown (price is lowest!). Different size: bigger/ smaller.
    Sesame seed can be classified white/ black/ brown. And there are with shell and no shell (kernels). The sesame seed will have some grades.
    Hope every body can benefit from my comment.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted November 2nd, 2009 at 8:33 am | # |

      Thank you for the good information!

  9. Sylvia joined 9/08
    Posted October 28th, 2009 at 10:19 pm | # |

    Korean perilla is a little different than Japanese perilla.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted November 2nd, 2009 at 8:33 am | # |

      yes, it is. The flavor is also a little different. I love the both! : )

  10. Shuo
    Posted July 18th, 2009 at 4:51 pm | # |

    Hi,I am in Toronto. I am looking for deulkkae garu long long time. Do u know where I can get this one?

  11. pixen
    Posted June 1st, 2009 at 12:55 pm | # |

    Sooooo, that’s the plant that I saw outside the Korean Restaurant I went :-D The Korean term for this plant confused me because Perilla or Shiso doesn’t taste or smell sesame at all. It’s one of my favourite leaves and I really want to find the Purple Perilla as well. I think I will ask some of the cuttings of the Green Perilla from the restaurant later on :-D

  12. virgil muir
    Posted May 28th, 2009 at 6:53 am | # |

    I am trying to find this powder. I am wanting to make Gamjatang. I can’t find it anywhere. I live in Canada, in a small city called Halifax. I even have a friend who lives in NYC looking for me in Chinatown. Anyone have an online website where i could order it? Thanks a bunch.

  13. Nishu
    Posted May 25th, 2009 at 2:21 am | # |

    Thank You!

  14. Dominique Echard
    Posted May 24th, 2009 at 10:03 pm | # |

    Perilla seeds are the seeds of what is also know as Shiso. The seeds are described as having an anise or cinnamon flavor depending on the color. I have had Shiso leaf in my pickled ginger for sushi. It seems that the Japanese use the leaf extensively for garnish. So yes, they are very different from sesame seeds :D


  15. Nishu
    Posted May 8th, 2009 at 11:09 am | # |

    Is It Different From Sesame Seeds..??

    • Anonymous
      Posted June 29th, 2009 at 11:44 pm | # |

      yes,it is different from sesame in taste,appearance aroma.perilla seeds is very commonly used in Manipur(INDIA)as seasoning in raw vegetable salads n in chutneys.

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