Vermicelli is a kind of pasta. It is made with the same type of flour or dough as other forms of pasta; it is the shape that distinguishes vermicelli. Vermicelli is thin, long and noodle like. It looks like a thicker version of spaghetti. However, the term vermicelli may also refer to other noodles, made either with rice or wheat.
Other than in savoury pasta dishes, vermicelli is used in Asian cuisine. In Chinese, Thai and Burmese cuisines, thin rice vermicelli is used in stir fries, soups and stews. In India vermicelli is called ‘sevaiyan’ and is used in several sweet preparations like kheer or payassam.