Sev and Seviyan

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Indian noodle terms. The Sanskrit name for noodles is sevika, which may derive from an unrecorded word meaning ‘thread’ connected with the root siv, which refers to sewing.

Sev are crisp, fried ‘noodles’ prepared from besan flour. To make them a special press, a sev-maker, is used. They are a popular Indian snack food.

Seviyan (also seviya/sivayya/shavayi) usually refers to a sweet dish of vermicelli noodles.

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