Multigrain rice

Japgokbap 잡곡밥

If you’ve been watching my videos for a while, you’ve probably seen me eating purple rice. Sometimes dark purple, or sometimes lavender, it has a beautiful color and stands out on any table.

It’s Korean multigrain rice, called japgokbap in Korean. It’s a pretty simple recipe and there are many variations to it, and I will make it differently depending on my mood, but today I’m going to show you a version that is reliably beautiful and delicious.

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This recipe is also in my cookbook, but in this version I add peas. They’re optional, but they look really pretty to me. You can add your favorite fresh beans if you like.

If you have an electric pressure cooker this rice is really easy to make: you just add everything to the cooker and let it do the work. But of course not everyone has one of those cookers, or sometimes they just want to make it the old fashioned way, in a thick-bottomed pot.

Enjoy the recipe and have some fluffy, beautiful, multigrain rice!

Ingredients (4 servings)

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Directions:

  1. Combine short grain rice, brown sweet rice, barley, and black sweet rice in a heavy pot. Add some cold water and stir it around. Tilt the pot and pour out the water, then scrub and rub the grains by hand to remove excess starch.wasing-rice
  2. Fill the pot with water again, stir, scrub, and pour out the water again. Repeat couple of times until the water runs pretty clear.
  3. Do a final drain of the water, leaving the grains generously wet.
  4. Add 2½ cups water and green peas (if using). Cover and let it soak for 2 to 2½ hours.soaked-rice
  5. Cook over medium high heat for 7 to 10 minutes until the surface bubbles vigorously. Stir the rice with a rice scoop, scraping the bottom and turning over.boiling
  6. Cover and lower the heat to low and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes until all the grains turn fluffy and well cooked. Taste a sample to check the texture. The grains of rice should be soft and fluffy with nothing hard inside at all, but be careful not to cook them too much and make them mushy. japgokbap (multi grain rice: 잡곡밥)
  7. Fluff the japgokbap with your rice scoop and serve hot. Keep any leftovers in a container in the fridge. The rice should be finished in three days and you can revive it by reheating it in the microwave or steaming in a steamer basket over a pot of simmering water.

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8 Comments:

  1. BelaCooks Sydney Australia joined 5/17
    Posted May 28th, 2017 at 6:45 am | # |

    Can we soak the rice longer than 2.5 hours? I won’t have time to do this at night after work so I was thinking of doing it in the morning and leaving it soaking all day and cook it in the evening after work.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 29th, 2017 at 7:31 pm | # |

      Yes, you can soak them overnight.

  2. pepott Sunnyvale, Ca joined 1/15
    Posted January 7th, 2017 at 3:17 pm | # |

    would the measurement of the ingredients be the same if I use the rice cooker?? Even if I plan not to include the barley??? thanks

  3. leilaowai16 Pittsburgh, United States joined 11/16
    Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 9:37 pm | # |

    망치씨,
    In your video you mentioned not having to soak the rice if you have a pressure cooker. How long would you cook in the pressure cooker? Any different than in the rice cooker? 고맙습니다!

  4. tohtoro joined 7/15
    Posted July 10th, 2015 at 1:46 am | # |

    Hi,

    I watched the first 2 episodes of “Late Night Restaurant” starring Kim Seung-woo. He cooked a pot of rice with some green beans inside. Would you know what kind of beans are used in his rice? They look like edamame but I’m not sure. It looks so good I can’t wait to cook it. Hopefully you’ll be able to enlighten me. Thanks :)

    • DubDiva United States joined 11/11
      Posted August 11th, 2015 at 1:33 am | # |

      I was wondering that, too! The rice looked SO tasty and homey. I want to make it!

      Maangchi, could you tell us about the rice in Late Night Restaurant? Actually, what if you featured all of the dishes Master makes in the k-drama in a series of posts? For many of us, we watch Late Night Restaurant and want to make the yummy Korean food the cook makes ourselves!

      I always end up feeling so hungry after watching that show.

  5. Tosin_Oc London, UK joined 3/15
    Posted June 1st, 2015 at 5:32 am | # |

    Oh yaaaaay I’ve been waiting for this recipe!! I kind of cobbled together my version of multigrain rice but I’m so glad to have a Maangchi recipe video to refer to!

  6. stonefly Olympia WA joined 11/11
    Posted May 31st, 2015 at 9:18 pm | # |

    What a great dish! I have made this many times, but with just two kinds of grain (short grain and black rice). Now I can make it Maangchi-style, with all four grains, and peas!

    And such funny comments: “My bottom is also thick!” ; ) Very funny, but not true. ; 0 )

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