Korean Purple Rice or Black Rice (Heukmi Bap)

Korean Purple Rice usually refers to Korean rice that is cooked with black rice which gives it the pretty purple color. Besides giving the rice this beautiful purple hue, black rice adds extra nutty flavor and has great health benefits.

Course rice
Cuisine Korean
Keyword black rice, multigrain rice, purple rice
KoreanCategory Bap (밥)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 398 kcal
Author JinJoo


  • 2 cup short grain white rice here 1 cup = 180ml rice cup
  • 1 Tbsp black sweet rice chal heukmi 찰흑미
  • 2 cup water


  1. In the pot, measure and add white rice and black rice.
  2. Rinse rice by adding water until rice is totally immersed and there's extra water on top. Wash rice well with your hands as if needing a dough. Slowly drain rice water out without spilling the rice out. Repeat at least 1 -2 more times. 

  3. With all the excess water drained and discarded, add fresh water into the pot.

If using a rice cooker -

  1. fill water to regular rice water line. Rule of thumb in cooking rice is 1:1 rice to water ratio.
  2. Set rice cooker to regular rice cooking time. It was 45 min. on my Cuchen rice cooker.

If using an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker

  1. Add same amount of water as the rice. e.g. If total of black and white rice is 2 cups, then add 2 cups water.
  2. Set IP to manual HIGH to 9 minutes. Let it natural release for at least 5 min. then you can manually release. If you add more black rice, increase the cooking time. 

When rice is cooked, fluff rice with rice spatula (주걱 jugeok) to prevent it from caking.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Korean Purple Rice or Black Rice (Heukmi Bap)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 398 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 76mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 87g 29%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 7g 14%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 23.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.