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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 | edit source]

  • 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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

  • 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 | edit source]

  • 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 | edit source]

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