The specific example that I am thinking of is the word "दाल का सूप" in Hindi. It translates to "lentil soup", and is pronounced "dal", however there are multiple ways of spelling it (like "dhal, dhall, daal, etc.) since the word does not actually exist in English.
I'm pretty sure there is a term for this that starts with a "V", maybe "ver...something?". I honestly cannot remember, and the curiosity is starting to eat away at me.
I do not have any sort of background in linguistics, nor do I speak Hindi, or any other Indian language(s); I only know a handful of Hindi and Punjabi words/ phrases that I picked up overtime from my family.
Any help would be much appreciated!