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Rice vermicelli in a noodle soup

Vermicelli is long, thin, noodles often used in South-East Asian Cuisine. It is usually made from rice, but may also be made from mung beans.

It’s a versatile ingredient used in a variety of dishes, from Italian to Asian cuisine. In Italian, “vermicelli” means “little worms,” which describes its thin, worm-like appearance.

Variations edit

  • Wheat Vermicelli: The traditional form, made from wheat flour, commonly used in Italian and Mediterranean dishes.
  • Rice Vermicelli: A gluten-free alternative prevalent in Asian cuisine, made from rice flour, and essential in dishes like spring rolls and noodle soups.
  • Semolina Vermicelli: Often used in Indian cuisine for dishes like vermicelli pudding, it’s made from ground durum wheat.

Nutritional information edit

Vermicelli, depending on its base ingredient, offers varying nutritional benefits. Wheat vermicelli is a good source of carbohydrates and proteins, with some essential vitamins like B-vitamins. Rice vermicelli is gluten-free and lighter, making it suitable for those with gluten sensitivities. However, like many pasta types, vermicelli is low in fiber, so it’s beneficial to pair it with fiber-rich vegetables or whole grains.

Regional uses edit

  • Italian Cuisine: In Italy, vermicelli is often used in soups and pasta dishes, sometimes served with seafood or light sauces.
  • Asian Cuisine: Rice vermicelli is a staple, featured in spring rolls, noodle soups, and stir-fries across various Asian countries.
  • Middle Eastern Cuisine: Vermicelli is used in both savory and sweet dishes, often toasted and added to rice or used in desserts with sugar and milk.
  • Indian Cuisine: Semolina vermicelli is popular in sweet and savory dishes, like kheer (pudding) and upma (a seasoned thick mixture).

Substitutions and alternatives edit

  • Spaghetti or Angel Hair: These can be used as alternatives, adjusting cooking time due to thickness differences.
  • Rice Noodles: A suitable substitute for rice vermicelli, especially in Asian dishes.
  • Soba or Udon Noodles: These can offer a different texture and flavor but can be used in various recipes.
  • Gluten-Free Options: For those with gluten sensitivities, gluten-free pasta varieties are available.

Recipes edit

  1. Sheer Khurma
  2. Egyptian Rice with Vermicelli
  3. Seviyan Ji Khirni #(Sindhi Vermicelli Pudding)
  4. Noodle