Sheermal is a mildly sweet naan made out of maida, leavened with yeast, baked in a tandoor or oven. Sheermal was traditionally made like roti. Today, sheermal is prepared like naan. The warm water in the recipe for roti was replaced with warm milk sweetened with sugar and flavored with saffron. The final product resembles Danish pastry.
In Iran, there are slight regional variations in the preparation of sheermal. As such, sheermal is sometimes used as a souvenir when travelling between the regions.
Sheermal is sometimes served with Lucknow kababs or alongside nihari.