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Comfort food: Accusli, a variant of Pongal

What do you do when you want your Pongal to be a bit different? Different in the sense that the stickiness of the dish is gone to give way for some dryness and a bit of spice to tingle the taste buds. Enter Accusli. I do not expect many people to know about it because my grandmother used to make this and my mother still makes this for me. And despite the fear of being lynched, I confess that I prefer Accusli any day over Pongal. I have myself cooked this many times and I assure you this is a very filling meal for breakfast or lunch or dinner as well!

So what is this Accusli and how does one make it? Let’s get right into it!

Accusli is a healthy and tasty food!

Here’s a list of the ingredients that you will need to prepare it:

  1. Rice (3 cups)
  2. Moong dal (1 cup)
  3. Green chilli (2-3)
  4. Red chilli (2-3)
  5. Coconut (2-3 pieces, measuring roughly an inch)
  6. Black Pepper (1 tsp)
  7. Ginger (1 inch piece)
  8. Mustard (1 tsp)
  9. Cumin (1 tsp)
  10. Salt (2 tsp)
  11. Oil (2 tbsp)


  • Mix the rice and moong dal in a frying pan (Kadai)  and dry fry it for a couple of minutes. Do not add oil.
  • Now take the coconut pieces, green chillies, ginger and blend it well in a blender
  • In a cooker, pour oil and add the mustard, cumin, red chilli, black pepper and fry them for a minute
  • Add the contents of the blended mixture into the cooker
  • Heat it for a minute or two and mix the ingredients well and add salt
  • Now add the rice and moong dal mixture into the cooker
  • Add 5 cups of water and mix the ingredients and close the lid of the cooker
  • After 15 minutes, switch off the flame and allow the pressure to come down
  • Accusli is ready, serve hot!

Some of the condiments that go well with Accusli are coconut chutney, tomato chutney, sambar and pickles to name a few. Go, give it a try and let me know in the comments as to how your version of Accusli came out!

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