Roasted soybean powder

Bokkeun konggaru 볶은 콩가루

Roasted soybean powder is usually used to coat rice cake like in my injeolmi rice cake and gyeongdan recipes.


It has a subtle, dry, slightly nutty flavor.



Rosted soybean powder (볶은 콩가루) on the left and raw soybean powder (날 콩가루) on the right. Don’t get them mixed up!


Recipes that use roasted soybean powder (bokkeun konggaru):



  1. Krynauw Otto Pretoria, South Africa joined 9/13
    Posted October 31st, 2013 at 8:55 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,
    Do you think I can make roasted soybean powder by roasting soybean flour?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted October 31st, 2013 at 9:09 am | # |

      That’s a good idea but I’m not sure it’s going to work, Krynauw!

  2. manizumikun Canada joined 3/13
    Posted March 3rd, 2013 at 7:54 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi!

    I got some soy bean flour and it tastes kind of strange… on the package it says “fermented” soy bean flour… is it different from the toasted one? thank you! =D

  3. andyhawkes United States joined 12/12
    Posted January 15th, 2013 at 12:47 am | # |


    I made some of the delicious rice cake, but im curious if there are otherways to use roasted soybean powder? I love the nutty taste of it, and really want to use it more


    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 15th, 2013 at 11:39 am | # |

      andy, you can add it to soup, stew, or any side dishes you make if you want to enjoy nutty taste.

  4. jordanmattes Arlington, WA, USA joined 11/11
    Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 7:44 pm | # |

    Maangchi, the readers might also look for “kinako” which is the Japanese name for an identical product, in the absence of the Korean version. (Even at my local H Mart, Shirakiku kinako is the only one available in this area)

  5. adlais Kuala Lumpur joined 8/11
    Posted March 27th, 2012 at 6:13 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi. Can you post a pic of ‘날 콩가루’ please? Did i spell it correctly? Cause the guy at the Korean supermarket didnt understand plain soybean powder. Almost all supermaket that i went that day said they dont have it. Atleast if i wrote down the word they would know what i want. Lol.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 27th, 2012 at 3:21 pm | # |

      Yes, you spelled it right. 날콩가루 is raw soy bean powder. Yes, I will update the photo soon. In the picture of this page, it says, “볶은 콩가루”, pronounced as bokkeun konggaru. Bokkeun :볶은 means “roasted”.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 29th, 2012 at 8:42 am | # |

      I added a photo of raw soybean powder to this page today.

      • adlais Kuala Lumpur joined 8/11
        Posted March 29th, 2012 at 9:15 pm | # |

        I think i just bought the wrong powder yesterday. I bought the bokkeun konggaru instead of the nal konggaru. I cant find it here. Goshh. I went to like, 5 korean marts searching for nal konggaru. Maangchi, how about the smell and the smell and the taste of the roasted vs raw soybean powder? I just want to clarify. Thanks Maangchi :-)

  6. jaylivg Houston joined 7/10
    Posted January 28th, 2012 at 4:04 pm | # |

    Maangchi , is soy bean flour the same with the roasted bean powder ?? i want to try to make the rice cake balls and bought the soy bean flour .. can i use it still ?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 28th, 2012 at 4:15 pm | # |

      yes, indeed indeed! : )

      • gidoong Canada joined 10/12
        Posted October 9th, 2012 at 1:28 pm | # |

        we have to roast it first though right? since most soybean flour in store are raw otherwise stated? 날 콩가루 shouldn’t be used on 인절미 right?? Thank you ^^

  7. nick24 Kentucky joined 8/11
    Posted August 26th, 2011 at 9:56 pm | # |

    hi! I wanted to make injeolmi but I can’t find roasted soybean powder anywhere! Is it okay if I make injeolmi without roasted soybean powder? are there any alternitives? thanks.

  8. Jasmin
    Posted November 22nd, 2009 at 8:04 pm | # |

    hi, I’m 1/2 korean (mom’s side) and I have an odd question. My mom used to buy this powder that she would turn into a drink. I remember it being white and having to drink it warm. She said it was made from pistachio’s, but i was really young, so I may be remembering wrong. I remember not really liking it, but knew it was suppossed to be good for you. Can you help me? Do you know what this is??

  9. Ken
    Posted October 31st, 2009 at 4:22 am | # |


    I bought some raw soybean powder today at a supermarket…but I don’t really know what to do with it. I’m trying to eat a healthy and high protein diet so I thought I could just add this powder to my meals and soups. Would this work ok or would it be disgusting?


    • Ken
      Posted October 31st, 2009 at 4:24 am | # |

      I have also bought some lentils or barley (i’m not sure exactly what it is) but I think you’re supposed to add it to rice as it’s cooking…does this sound right? Sorry I’m very unknowledgeable about these things.

      • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
        Posted October 31st, 2009 at 9:38 am | # |

        yes, why not? If you want to use lentils to make multi-grain rice, soak them overnight.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted October 31st, 2009 at 11:06 am | # |

      Using raw soybean powder is a great idea!
      raw soybean powder could be used in soup or some vegetable side dishes. Have you checked my pork bone soup recipe? :

      More soup recipes are coming!

      • Ken
        Posted November 1st, 2009 at 6:42 am | # |

        That’s great, thanks for your help and advice :)

  10. guimi
    Posted August 10th, 2009 at 4:01 am | # |

    Guimi says this is not a very good site because i counld not find what i was look for and my child was trying to fing stuff on hear and she and he cannot find it so do something with it or i will say to there school not to use that website…please send back an explantion of school and no work for your people…?

    Signed Guimi Morris

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted August 10th, 2009 at 6:53 am | # |

      Who is guimi! You? I don’t know what you exactly mean! Are you having difficulty finding some recipes?
      If you like to find certain recipes, check the “Recipes by category” on my recipe section.

    • richelle
      Posted August 11th, 2009 at 11:01 pm | # |

      i think this comment is quite offensive.please choose words carefully for nobody is forced to use any site in any manner.

  11. Josh
    Posted September 8th, 2008 at 11:54 pm | # |

    I bought kong garu at Megmart today, but it ended up being the unroasted kind. Yuck! It tastes awful. The package says “nal kong garu. ”

    How do I make sure it’s the roasted kind next time?

    Or should I try roasting the powder myself?

    Thanks :)

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted November 1st, 2009 at 6:47 am | # |

      oh, no! You must’ve felt frustrated! “nal” in Korean means “raw”. You will have to buy “bokkeun konggaru”(볶은 콩가루)”bokkeun” means roasted in korean. I would return it to the store and bring right one instead of roasting it at home. Why don’t you print out the photo of konggaru on my ingredient section and show them to find it for you?

  12. Anonymous
    Posted July 28th, 2008 at 11:14 pm | # |

    Hi maangchi,
    i’m korean too so i know alot of the ingredients that you use. i wanted to try making your gyun dan ( the rice cake) and i’d like to know what the korean name for this ingredient is (the roasted soy bean powder) thank you! you’re a wonderful cook!

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