English Name: Vermicelli
Common Indian Name (Hindi): Seviyan
- Vermicelli is a type of pasta, round in section and somewhat thinner than spaghetti.
- In South Asia, the vermicelli used is made from semolina, while in Italy it is made from durum wheat.
- In Asia it is known variously as shemai in Bengali, sev in Gujarati, sevalu or semiya in Telugu, all probably modified form of 'mian xian' in Mandarin.
- The seviyan are used in a number of dishes including a variation of kheer ( sweet rice pudding).
- Vermicelli is used in many parts of India to make a popular dish called upma. To prepare it, one boils the dry oil-roasted vermicelli with a choice of vegetables.
- Nowadays it is available in roasted form also which is more convenient.