Sheermal- The Saffron Flatbread From Awadh /Eggless Shirmal Bread

Sheermal- The Saffron Flatbread From Awadh /Eggless Shirmal Bread

Sheermal for Letter ‘S’ was the my only choice as soon as I started looking for Indian Flatbreads starting with different alphabets. Since I haven’t made any yeasted bread in Sept Mega Marathon, 2018 till now, so as soon as I read about this bread from Awadhi cuisine, decided to make it.

Sheermal is a saffron flavored flatbread that is mildly sweet. It is believed to have Persian origin and later passed to Indian subcontinent due to fusion of Persian culture with Indian culture through Mughal kitchen.

Sheermal literally means ‘Milk Bread’. The dough of this bread is prepared by adding milk in place of water that gives it softness, richness and a mild sweetness. Another ingredient that gives this bread a royal stature is, addition of saffron. In addition to these two, other ingredients that can be added to this royal bread are eggs, fat in the form of butter or ghee, sugar, dry fruits and some flavorings like kewra, rose or cardamom.

This bread is traditionally baked in a tandoor, but it can also be also be cooked on a tawa, provided the tawa should be covered and heated on both sides to properly cook the bread. Though this bread is traditionally served with kormas and kebabs, but can be equally enjoyed with any vegetarian curry as well. Not only this, it can also be had with tea or milk as breakfast.

Since my daughter is very fond of sweet breads with dry fruits or tutti frutti, I made sheermal a little more sweeter by adding 2 tablespoons of sugar and also added raisins in it. I had made it late in the night after finishing our dinner, as soon as the aroma of this freshly prepared bread started wafting through the house, It made us so difficult to resist that we couldn’t stop ourselves from eating one bread as such. Me and my daughter had the other two bread in the breakfast by slathering homemade nutella all over it after warming it in microwave. They tasted equally good in the morning with tea and milk.

A. Achari Poori

B. Bedmi Poori

C. Chana Paratha

D. Dahi Dhapate

E. Eggplant Parartha

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F. Farali Mixed Veg Paratha

G. Gobi Paratha

H. Haryana Special Aloo Bajre Ki Roti

I. Imli Paratha

J. Jaloda Rotti

K. Koki Masala Roti

L. Lehsunia Naan

M. Makai Mooli Paratha

N. Nariyal Wali Meethi Roti

O. Onion Paratha

P. Pudina Lachha Paratha

Q. Quaker Oat Paratha

R. Rajasthani Khoba Roti

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Sheermal- The Saffron Flatbread From Awadh /Eggless Shirmal Bread
Sheermal - A saffron flavored flatbread that becomes royal due to its softness, richness and a mild sweetness.
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 20 min
Passive Time 1 hr
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 20 min
Passive Time 1 hr
  1. Take 1 tsp of dry active yeast, 1 tbsp sugar and ¼ cup of warm milk. Mix well and keep in warm place for 5 minutes. In rest of the warm milk, dissolve a generous pinch of saffron.
  2. In another bowl, sieve all purpose. Add salt, another tablespoon of sugar, cardamom powder and ghee.
  3. Knead a soft dough by adding warm saffron milk. Don’t add all the milk in one go. Use as needed.
  4. The dough will be quite sticky. Knead it for 5-7 minutes till it becomes manageable, but soft and elastic. Cover and keep in a warm place for 1 hour or till it doubles in volume.
  5. Punch the dough, add raisins and knead again for 1-2 minutes. Divide it into three equal parts. Shape each part into a ball.
  6. Take a ball of dough. Place it on flour dusted surface and roll into a circle either pressing with your hand or using a rolling pin. I used a rolling pin. Prick it with a knife or fork all over.
  7. Transfer to a hot griddle. Brush saffron milk all over the top surface of sheermal.
  8. Reduce the flame and let the bread cook till it puffs up slightly and cooked underneath.
  9. Transfer it to a preheated oven at 200 C and bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Apply butter or ghee when still hot.
  11. Serve with any curry or you can also enjoy it with tea. Me and my daughter had it with homemade nutella and believe me it tasted awesome.
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11 thoughts on “Sheermal- The Saffron Flatbread From Awadh /Eggless Shirmal Bread

  1. Sheermal is the bread of the day ! And this sheermal looks beautiful ! It is strange that this bread from Awadhi Cuisine has so many versions and each one of it is equally good ! So many ways to make this rich royal bread .

  2. I simply have to make sheermal tomorrow. I can’t bear this torture of seeing one tempting sample after the other….so delicious and inviting. Saffron and milk with dough is awesome and when you add Nutella, it just is bliss!!

  3. This was my pick initially when I made my list in july. But again refined flour was haunting me and I kepy searching for some or other recipe. Then my husband suggested making soya paratha. This sheermal bread came out so beautiful and having Nutella on top makes it a tempting bread for kids. Love it.

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