In India and other countries of the Indian Subcontinent, wheat vermicelli is known by various local names such as sev in Gujarati, shavige in Kannada, sevalu or semiya in Telugu, and semiya in Tamil and Malayalam.
Vermicelli is made out of maida that is ground from very hard wheat. It is simply maida, water, and a little salt. Vermicelli is a popular instant food product. It falls under the category of extruded product and is made from wheat flour. At times tapioca or soya bean or groundnut flour is also added. Thus, it is rich in proteins and liked by people from all walks of life, irrespective of age.
These are relatively low in cholesterol and carbohydrates; they are a great alternative to other forms of pasta. For the nutritionally-inclined, it is an excellent option, when combined with plenty of steamed veggies.