In Telugu, there is only one letter with the sound ‘va‘, so for the letters V & W I didn’t know how to choose the dishes. After thinking of all the appropriate words starting with w and the sound ‘va’ in Telugu, I decided to change the word Vadiyalu into Wadiyalu and made this lipsmacking pulusu/ stew.
This recipe is again courtesy of my mom. Every household has the tradition of making (w)vadiyalu or sun dried lentil crisps every year. My mom usually keeps me stocked up with fresh ones every time we visit India.
Today’s pulusu uses (v)wadiyalu almost like a vegetable. Usually pulusus/ stews are made with a assortment of veggies, but here vadiyalu give this dish the texture and taste. This dish tastes great with some steamed rice with a dollop of ghee and a curry — such a filling and comforting meal.