Injeolmi (인절미, pronounced [in.dʑʌl.mi]) is a variety of tteok, or Korean rice cake, made by steaming and pounding glutinous rice flour, which is shaped into small pieces and usually covered with steamed powdered dried beans or other ingredients.

Injeolmi covered with roasted soybean powder
Place of originKorea
Region or stateKorean-speaking areas
Main ingredientsglutinous rice flour, bean powders
Revised Romanizationinjeolmi

It is a representative type of glutinous pounded tteok, and has varieties depending on the type of gomul (고물, something to coat rice cakes) used. Gomul can be made with powdered dried soybeans, azuki beans, sesame seeds, or sliced dried jujube. Subsidiary ingredients are mixed into the steamed rice while pounding it on the anban (안반, wooden pounding board). Patinjeolmi (팥인절미) and kkaeinjeolmi (깨인절미) are two examples, coated with azuki bean powder and sesame respectively. Artemisia is added in ssuk injeolmi (쑥인절미) and Synurus deltoides (Ait.) Nakai is added in surichwi injeolmi (수리취인절미).[1]

Injeolmi is not only a popular snack but also is considered a high quality tteok, used for janchi (잔치; party, feast, or banquet) in Korea. It is easily digested and nutritious.[2][3] Injeolmi can be stored in a refrigerator and taken out when needed. If the tteok is heated slightly in the microwave, it may taste almost as good as the newly made one.[4] Office workers sometimes eat injeolmi instead of rice or bread because they have no appetite in the morning and injeolmi are easily digested when pressed for time.[5]

It is better to use soybean gomul in summer because it less prone to spoil. Red bean gomul (팥고물) is used a lot in spring, fall, and winter.[6]

The way of making injeolmi has an important effect on the characteristics of them, including whether the glutinous rice is Japonica or Japonica/Indica and whether it is steamed in rice grain or in rice powder. The characteristics of injeolmi were investigated through sensory evaluation and Instron Universal testing machine.[7]

Various foods using injeolmi are being released. A chef at Shilla Hotel's Chinese restaurant recently introduced 'Injeolmi Tenderloin Guobaorou'. In addition, the cafe also released beverages and desserts using injeolmi, such as injeolmi patbingsu-adzuki-bean ice dessert and injeolmi croffle.[8][9]

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  1. ^ "Ttuk, Hangwa - Kinds of Rice Cakes". Korea Agro-Fisheries Trade Corporation. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  2. ^ "Pyeingdong Korean cake town". Injeolmi. Invil: Information Network Village. Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  3. ^ 인절미 (in Korean). Doosan Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-07-04.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Tteok". Korean Overseas Information Service. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  5. ^ "인절미". (in Korean). Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  6. ^ "인절미(Naver 지식백과)".
  7. ^ Choe, Eunok (1990). "A Study on the Texture of Injeolmi by Cooking Method". Korean Journal of Food and Cookery Science. 6 (2): 27–36.
  8. ^ 김, 무연 (2021-04-08). "모노키친, '인절미 안심 꿔바로우' GS홈쇼핑 론칭". 이데일리 (in Korean). Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  9. ^ 박, 혜빈 (2020-12-08). "흑임자, 쑥, 인절미 등 '할메니얼' 음식 인기 이유는? 카페별 메뉴 추천". 문화뉴스 (in Korean). Retrieved 2021-05-01.

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