Does Anyone Make Vermicelli?

@clownfish (3278)
United States
February 20, 2007 11:21pm CST
Hi! I used to get the best vermicelli at a locally owned mexican restaurant I used to go to, but they've closed!:-( I was wondering if anyone has any recipes for authentic mexican vermicelli they would like to share. Thanks! :-)
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@umavarma1 (929)
• India
21 Feb 07
we indians make many dishes with vermicelli.Vermicelli is known as shemai in Bengali and seviyan in Hindi and Urdu. The noodles are used in a number of dishes, including a dessert of fried vermicelli in sweet boiled milk. Vermicelli is used in many parts of India to make a popular dish "Upma". The preparation method is simple: Boiling the dry oil roasted vermicelli with choice of vegetables, till it becomes a pasta.Vemicelli known as Shavige in Kannada and Semiya in Tamil is used for make payasam or kheer. The term rice vermicelli is often used to describe the thin, transparent rice noodles. i am posting a dish.try out.it tastes good. Recipe: Kheer Category Dessert Region Northern and central India Also Called Payasam (in Southern India) Descriptive English Name Indian Rice Pudding Served Piping hot. Can also be refrigerated and served cold (not frozen). Serves 4 Cooking Time 25 minutes Introduction India boasts of a variety of sweet desserts to pamper the sweet toothed. One of the most common desserts is a very simple preparation of rice and milk. This pudding, called "Kheer", is made with either toasted vermicelli or rice and is my favorite Indian dessert. No wedding or festivity is complete without Kheer in the menu. This creamy and sweet stovetop pudding is fairly quick and easy to prepare. Kheer recipes have evolved to suit regional and personal preferences. Every part of India has its own version of Kheer. The essential ingredients are milk and sugar, but you can vary your Kheer by replacing rice with vermicelli, semolina, and even carrot. Kheer made of almonds is also a popular variation. Ingredients 1 cup rice (it is best to use an Indian rice, like basmati rice) 1 cup condensed milk 1/2 cup sugar 3 - 4 cups of whole milk, diluted with 1 - 2 cups of water (The proportion of water will determine the thickness of the Kheer.) 1 tablespoon raisins 1 tablespoon of dry roasted cashew nut pieces. (Cashew nut can be substituted with almonds or pistachio) 1 teaspoon finely powdered elaichi (cardamom) seeds Method - Boil the rice in the milk on a medium fire until the rice is cooked. - Make sure you stir frequently; otherwise your milk may burn at the bottom of the vessel. - Add the condensed milk, sugar, raisins, and nuts. Stir till the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens. - Add the cardamom and serve hot. Smart Tips - Give your Kheer a flavor of the East by sprinkling a few strands of saffron over it. You could also add slivered almonds and pistachios. - If you don't want to slave in the kitchen, use cooked rice leftover from the previous meal. Make sure that your cooked rice did not have any salt in it. - You can serve Kheer either piping hot or cold. Cold Kheer tastes divine with shavings of almonds and pistachios. - If you are counting the calories, you can replace milk with a non-dairy product. Use sugar-free supplements instead of sugar and you have a low-cal instant dessert. instead of rice use vermicelli
@clownfish (3278)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Hi! Thanks so much for your response! This sounds like a yummy recipe! I had no idea vermicelli was so widely used! I hope more people will post how they use vermicelli in recipes! :-)
• Australia
28 Feb 07
Hi umavarma, i don't know if this is both a lankan and indian thing, but do you have string hoppers too?? Cos my boyfriend is Burgher (half lankan half portugese) and he introduced string hoppers to me. And that kinda looks like vermecelli. But he eats it with this coconut spicy thing. I don't like it! haha
@Leenzie (21)
• Australia
21 Feb 07
This won't help you but I'm surprised that there's such a thing! I thought vermecelli was an asian thing. A vietnamese thing to be specific! I'd like to see how the mexicans do it!
@clownfish (3278)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Hi! Thanks for your reply! The restaurant I went to had a vermicelli that was served in a mild tomato sauce, not spicy at all. It was just yummy! Still, I would love to hear about how vermicelli is used in recipes all over the world! :-)
• Australia
28 Feb 07
Well we have it with either spring rolls or stir fry beef. And we throw in shredded lettuce, mint leaves, grated carrots, and a sweet/sour/spicy sauce. Its quite healthy and nutritious and really easy to make. You can buy the vermecelli from asian grocers and you boil it for about 5mins! done!
• United States
28 Feb 07
I thought vermicelli was Italian! LMAO So far we have a vote for Mexican, Asian and Italian that I've read!!!! Actually, you can usually find vermicelli in bags like rice in either the pasta or rice aisle or some stores put it in the "specialty foods" or ethnic area. To be honest, I've only cooked with it once, loved it but the only vermicelli I usually end up cooking is in the rice-a-roni mixes! LOL Sorry! If you truly cannot find it locally, try online. If you use your paypal page to find it they will even accept paypal for the payment and shipment and you won't technically be out any money since it's money you made here! Lordy I'm so smart! LOL Hey, at least I didn't threaten the VPS on you! LOL Good luck!
@clownfish (3278)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I didn't know there was a VPS! Learn something new everyday! LOL I'll probably have to look it up on the internet. I've tried to pry the recipe out of people before, but they don't seem to want to share it. :-)