Sheermal Recipe – The Saffron Scented Regal Persian Bread

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Sheermal Recipe
Sheermal is a delicately rich saffron scented flat bread, made soft with the use of ghee (clarified butter). The use of the saffron makes it a Regal Item and it is great with most  Tandoori Style Recipes. I love it with Kadai Chicken.

The literal meaning of Sheermal – is Milk Bread, and it is the incorporation of the lightly sugared milk that gives the bread a hint of sweetness.

Sheermal Recipe


  • 3 cups refined, all purpose flour.
  • 2 tsp sugar dissolved in ¾ cup Milk.
  • 3 Tbsp  Hot Milk.
  • A few strands of saffron ¼ – ½  tsp.
  • 2-3 drop of Kewra/Screwpine Water.
  • ¼ cup pure ghee / clarified butter.
  • optional 2 Tbsp butter for final brushing.


  • Sift the flour and salt together into a bowl.
  • Dry toast the saffron lightly and add to the 3 Tbsp of hot milk. Set aside.
  • Add the sweetened milk, kewra water to the flour and mix with a wooden spoon.
  • When it holds together Add jut enough water – a few Tablespoons to knead it to a smooth elastic dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Melt the Ghee and add it to the dough. Mix well, till you get an smooth dough again. It should not be too greasy.
  •  Divide the dough into a dozen balls and set aside for another 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 270 º  c/ 520º F for these 10 minutes. High Heat.
  • Flatten the balls on a lightly floured surface and roll out to make a 6 ” round disc.
  • Prick the entire surface with a fork.
  • Place a waxed baking paper on a tray Or lightly grease the tray and place 1-3 breads on it (according to size of oven)
  • Place in the oven for 5-9 minutes, flip over once in between. The bottom should be golden.
  • You will see the bread puffing up gently in areas.
  • Brush the breads with the saffron milk and bake again for 3 minutes.
  • Remove, Brush lightly with butter (optional) – serve hot!
  • The Sheermal is so soft and lightly crisped. Enjoy!


Sheermal Recipe

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