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Elfie V.

I find inspiration and joy in the kitchen as a passionate cooking enthusiast and culinary artist.

An Indonesian rice dish from Central Java, usually combined with other complements. It's a very simple bogana with a few complementary, but still tastes yummy!
Easy to cook and delicious Simple Rice Bogana.

Simple Rice Bogana is a type of food that has many side dishes, usually served with warm rice, chili sauce, and fresh vegetables. This bogana rice is similar to Nasi Campur (mixed rice). This food comes from Central Java, precisely in the city of Tegal, but some sources say that bogana rice comes from the city of Cirebon, these two cities are in different areas. The city of Tegal is in Central Java, while the city of Cirebon is in West Java. However, when we look at the cultural, culinary, and social aspects, these two cities have many similarities. It is not surprising that there are many culinary menus in these two cities. The word "bogana" comes from the Sundanese "saboga-bogana" which means "as little as possible" or "as much as possible". An expression of gratitude to God. This Simple Rice Bogana is often served at thanksgiving events, traditional ceremonies, and salvation. Bogana rice is usually wrapped in banana leaves or teak leaves. This type of dish is easily found in the Pantura region which stretches from West to East Java. We can see from the taste, presentation, and cultural meaning of Bogana rice, it is similar to Nasi Uduk, Nasi Liwet, and Nasi Megono. Side dishes for Simple Rice Bogana include boiled eggs, chicken opor, beef jerky, serundeng, sambal, and lalapan. Lalapan is raw vegetables that can be eaten directly with this Simple Rice Bogana, for example, cucumber, lettuce, and basil leaves. The ingredients which can be used to make sambal bogana are shallots, red chili, tomatoes, a little salt, and sugar, then blended and sauteed until fragrant. You can see the Simple Rice Bogana recipe below.

YIELDS 4 serving(s)
TOTAL TIME 75 minute(s)


  • 500g of breast chicken
  • 4 eggs
  • 8g tamarind water
  • 20g galangal
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 lemongrass
  • 130 ml thick coconut milk
  • 900 ml liquid coconut milk
  • 1 tsp chicken powder
  • 2 tsp salt

Mashed Ingredients

  • 10 shallots
  • 3 garlic
  • 3 tsp turmeric powder
  • 6g galangal
  • 3 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin

Chili Sauce

  • 10 red chilies
  • 8 shallots
  • 1 tomato, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt



Blend all ingredients, then saute with oil until fragrant.

Step 1 of cooking Simple Rice Bogana.

Put in the chicken breast and egg, stir until the chicken is cooked.

Step 2 of cooking Simple Rice Bogana.

Then pour with liquid coconut milk, add tamarind water, galangal, bay leaves, and lemongrass. Leave it until the chicken is tender and boiling.

Step 3 of cooking Simple Rice Bogana.

Pour the thick coconut milk, chicken powder, and salt. Cook until the sauce is slightly thick, and make sure it tastes as desired.

Step 4 of cooking Simple Rice Bogana.

Take the chicken breast, shred it like in the photo.

Step 5 of cooking Simple Rice Bogana.

Sambal: Saute all ingredients of chili sauce. Serve with warm rice, shredded chicken, egg, and cucumber slices.

Step 6 of cooking Simple Rice Bogana.

Author Elfie V
Elfie V.

I find inspiration and joy in the kitchen as a passionate cooking enthusiast and culinary artist.

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