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Blogging Marathon# 32: Letter W Theme: A-Z Vegetarian Dishes of Andhra Pradesh Dish: Wadiyala/ Vadiyala Pulusu (Sun dried Lentil Crispies Stew) 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...


4 serving

Total time

60 minutes


  • Ritz Cracker (Wadiyalu/ Vadiyalu (Sundried lentil crisps))
  • 1 onion (- medium, thinly sliced)
  • 1 tomato (- medium, chopped)
  • 2 chilies (Green - slit)
  • 2 tbsp tamarind (paste)
  • 1 tsp Masala (Sambar)
  • 1 tbsp Jaggery ((optional))
  • 3 tbsps cilantro (leaves - chopped)
  • to taste Salt
  • Ritz Cracker
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • Ritz Cracker
  • 2 chilies (Dry red)
  • Ritz Cracker (/ hing)
  • 8 - 10 Curry leaves


  1. Heat 2tbsp oil in a sauce pan; fry the vadiyalu until golden. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start to splutter, add the chopped onions and green chilies. Cook until the onions are translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Next add tomatoes and cook covered until they turn mushy. Add 2cups of water, tamarind paste, sambar powder, salt and jaggery. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Finally just before turning off the stove, add the fried vadiyalu and chopped cilantro. Serve with steamed rice and a dry curry for a filling meal.
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