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Sheermal Lucknow.JPG
Sheermal served at Lucknow, India.
Alternative namesShirmal
Place of originIran (Persia)
Region or stateIran, Pakistan and North India
Main ingredientsMaida, Milk, Ghee, Saffron

Sheermal or Shirmal (Persian: شیرمال; Urdu: شیرمال "shyrmal"; Hindi: शीरमल), is a saffron-flavored traditional flatbread made in Greater Iran and Indian subcontinent, probably from Persian influences. It is one of the several rare Lucknow and Hyderabadi delicacies in India.[1] It is also part of the Awadhi cuisine[2] and is enjoyed in Old Bhopal, especially with meat delicacies.


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 naan roti was replaced with warm milk sweetened with sugar and flavored with saffron and cardamom. 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.

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  1. ^ "The Hindu : A nawabi affair". Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ "A slice of the Awadh exotica". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 October 2014.