You may know already about brown rice and black rice, but what about purple rice?
The most obvious characteristic of this Korean delicacy is a pleasant iridescent color, the result of mixing Korean white rice and black rice. Koreans themselves call this dish heukmi bap (흑미밥), or “Black rice.”
A Matter of Personal Taste
Korean cuisine uses two types of black rice: glutinous and non-glutinous. Glutinous black rice is stickier when cooked and provides a slightly sweeter flavor than non-glutinous rice. The type of black rice to be used when cooking purple rice depends on personal taste, just as the ratio of white to black rice. The more black rice you use, the darker your purple rice will be.
Black rice adds a nut quality to the flavor of purple rice. As for consistency, heukmi bap tends to be chewier than plain white rice.
Not to Be Confused with Japgokbap
Purple rice is not to be confused with Japgokbap (잡곡밥), a different rice-based Korean dish that may also have a purple color. Japgokbap is multi-grain rice that also includes black rice but contains other grains like black and red beans, garbanzo, and sorghum.
The nutritional values of purple rice may change depending on the type of rice you use and the ratio of black rice to white rice. However, you can rest assured that when you eat black rice you are getting many important nutrients:
- Antioxidants: Fight the effects of free radicals, the molecules that cause aging.
- Fiber: Consuming fiber is essential to maintain good bowel health.
- Protein: These are the building blocks the body uses to create muscle and other tissue.
- Iron: We need this mineral to make red cells and transport oxygen.
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