· It is basically a snack food item and at times it is also used as a table enricher.
· Festive occasions and special days are marked by a payasam. One of South India culinary enticements is Vermicelli Payasam; milk based sweet dessert where vermicelli is cooked in milk and sugar, prepared for that special occasion like a birthday or a wedding anniversary.
· In most South Indian homes, dessert bowls of Payasam or kheer topped with nuts or pistachios and Paramannam are offered to God during auspicious occasions like the Harvest festival of Sankranti.
· This is not a low calorie dessert for sure but sometimes it's nice to indulge ourselves to a sweet treat on a weekend.
· Make creamy sweet kheer, savoury upma or toss it with boiled vegetables for a wholesome pulao. Vermicelli Masala Vada Recipe - Soak vermicelli in yoghurt for one hour. Grind ginger, garlic, red chillies, cloves, and salt finely. Mix this with the soaked vermicelli. Add chopped onions, curry leaves, and cilantro to this. Make small balls and deep fry in oil.
· It can be eaten hot or cold, steamed, stir-fried, deep-fried, boiled, or served in a soup.
· It can also be used successfully in the place of rice to make a pudding, making it possible for persons who are trying to avoid a lot of starch to still enjoy something sweet with the meal.
· As it tends to absorb flavors very well, they will easily blend in with the spices and extracts used to make the pudding.
· Being versatile can be used in soups, stir-fries, salads and braised dishes.
· It is also used in Thai cuisine, both fried and cooked in water.
How to store vermicelli, semiya, seviyan, sevaiyan
It is a good idea to store vermicelli in an airtight container, and make sure the container is stored is a cupboard that is no more than room temperature. It will last for a year or more without losing any of the basic flavors, or developing a taste that seem slightly off.
Health benefits of vermicelli, semiya, seviyan, sevaiyan
Vermicelli or semiya are relatively low in cholesterol and and good source of energy and carbohydrates. But these being mostly made from maida are not a good source of fibre
and thus not a best choice for people with heart disease
and excess weight
. For the same reason, it doesn't support digestive health too. For the nutritionally-inclined, they can combine vermicelli with plenty of steamed veggies.