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Sheermal Bread Recipe | Delicious Persian Saffron & Milk Bread

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Sheermal Bread has many fans these days because it can be eaten as a snack with juice or ice cream.

It is a type of bread similar to unleavened bread, which is cooked in different ways in many cities of Iran, and regardless of the ingredients used in its cooking, it is often round, less than 40 cm in diameter, and dark brown in color.

The main difference between Sheermal bread and unleavened bread in each city is the use of milk instead of water in preparing its dough. Therefore, it is called bread that has been rubbed with milk as we explained to you with tips and details in Cookery Magazine.

Baking flour400 grms
Lukewarm Milk½ a cup
Egg Whites1 piece
Water½ a cup
Sugar120 grms
Instant yeast powder1.5 tablespoons
Egg1 piece
Liquid oil¾ cup
Salt½ a teaspoon

The first step

To prepare homemade Sheermal bread, first, we turn on the oven at 180 degrees Celsius until the oven heats up, fill a metal bowl halfway with water, and put it in the oven. Now mix the yeast with 1 tablespoon of sugar and lukewarm water in a bowl.

Ramazan pidesi shirmal bread

The second step

Now we close the lid of the container containing the yeast and leave it aside until it bubbles and acts. About three to five minutes is enough for the yeast to work. Now we choose a deep and spacious dish and pour the egg along with sugar, lukewarm milk, and salt into it.

The third step

Now add half of the flour along with the yeast to the container and mix well until the ingredients are uniform. Next, we add the oil and the remaining flour little by little until the dough gathers and becomes consistent.

The fourth step

Iranian Sheermal bread

At this stage, sprinkle some flour on a flat surface, then knead the dough on the flat surface for 10 minutes.

If the dough becomes a little hard while kneading, you can add a little warm milk to it to remove the dryness of the dough.

Iranian shirmal bread

The fifth step

After the kneading of the dough is finished, we must put the dough in a container whose volume is twice the volume of the dough. First, we grease the container with oil, then we put the dough in the container and cover the lid of the container with a clean cloth or cellophane.

The sixth step

At this stage, the dough should be placed in a warm place for it to work. About an hour later, the dough should be doubled, now we knead the dough with a little hand pressure to release air, and then we divide it into 100-gram pieces.

The seventh step

You can spread each dough part which was 100 grams with a rolling pin or make them into a tube shape and weave.

This step depends on your own taste, after we put the formed dough in the oven tray, we put a napkin sprinkle sesame or Nigella Sativa on it, and put it in the oven.

The eighth step

After we put a napkin, we put the baking tray in the preheated oven.

It takes about 20 minutes to prepare the bread.

naan shirma recipe sheermal bread

After this time, if the bread is not golden, turn on the grill to make it golden.

Tip: Keep in mind that nan shirmal cooks quickly, so keep an eye on them while they’re in the oven.

After the sheermals are cooked, take them out of the oven, and after they have cooled down a bit, enjoy them with freshly brewed tea. Even masala tea is a good option to consume with this tasty bread.

The history of this Sheermal Bread in Semnan reaches 100 years ago, and besides Semnan, it is also a souvenir of Hamedan and Arak. But Shirmal bread is mentioned as a souvenir of many Iranian cities.

Persian Pide Bread or sheermal bread

As its name suggests, Shirmal bread is prepared with milk, and since this bread originally belonged to Iran and was later taken to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan by the Mongols, it is still called Sheermal bread.

Turkish Pide Bread Ramazan Pidesi

It should be noted that in every country, according to the taste of the people, some changes have been made to the recipe of this bread.

For example, in India, cloves are added to the dough of this bread and it is served alongside spicy Indian dishes.

Thank you for being with us with this delicious and popular Persian Bread. If you have any questions, it’s my honor to answer. Enjoy your exploration of Persian cuisine!

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Sheermal Bread Recipe

Recipe by Fatemeh BanialiCourse: BreadCuisine: Persian Bread, Persian FoodDifficulty: Normal
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 
Calories

300

kcal

Shirmal bread is a type of bread made from wheat flour, milk, and oil. Of course, the cooking method is different in different cities.

Ingredients

  • Baking flour, 400 grms

  • Lukewarm Milk, ½ a cup

  • Egg Whites, 1 piece

  • Water, ½ a cup

  • Sugar, 120 grms

  • Instant yeast powder, 1.5 tablespoons

  • Egg, 1 piece

  • Liquid oil, ¾ cup

  • Salt, ½ a teaspoon

Directions

  • The first step
    To prepare homemade Sheermal bread, first, we turn on the oven at 180 degrees Celsius until the oven heats up, fill a metal bowl halfway with water, and put it in the oven. Now mix the yeast with 1 tablespoon of sugar and lukewarm water in a bowl.
  • The second step
    Now we close the lid of the container containing the yeast and leave it aside until it bubbles and acts. About three to five minutes is enough for the yeast to work. Now we choose a deep and spacious dish and pour the egg along with sugar, lukewarm milk, and salt into it.
  • The third step
    Now add half of the flour along with the yeast to the container and mix well until the ingredients are uniform. Next, we add the oil and the remaining flour little by little until the dough gathers and becomes consistent.
  • The fourth step
    At this stage, sprinkle some flour on a flat surface, then knead the dough on the flat surface for 10 minutes. If the dough becomes a little hard while kneading, you can add a little warm milk to it to remove the dryness of the dough.
  • The fifth step
    After the kneading of the dough is finished, we must put the dough in a container whose volume is twice the volume of the dough. First, we grease the container with oil, then we put the dough in the container and cover the lid of the container with a clean cloth or cellophane.
  • The sixth step
    At this stage, the dough should be placed in a warm place for it to work. About an hour later, the dough should be doubled, now we knead the dough with a little hand pressure to release air, and then we divide it into 100-gram pieces.
  • The seventh step
    You can spread each dough part which was 100 grams with a rolling pin or make them into a tube shape and weave.
    This step depends on your own taste, after we put the formed dough in the oven tray, we put a napkin sprinkle sesame or Nigella Sativa on it, and put it in the oven.
  • The eighth step
    After we put a napkin, we put the baking tray in the preheated oven. It takes about 20 minutes to prepare the bread.
    After this time, if the bread is not golden, turn on the grill to make it golden. Tip: Keep in mind that nan shirmal cooks quickly, so keep an eye on them while they’re in the oven.
    After the sheermals are cooked, take them out of the oven, and after they have cooled down a bit, enjoy them with freshly brewed tea. Even masala tea is a good option to consume with this tasty bread.

Where is the souvenir Naan Sheermal?

Sheermal bread has a long history and is considered a souvenir of the cities of Semnan, Hamedan, Arak, and Qazvin. Of course, now this sugar bread is baked and distributed in most cities of Iran.

Which of the most famous Shirmals of Iran can be mentioned?

we can mention the Semnan, Hamedan, Bijar, Isfahan, Nayin shirmal, which has a completely different shape, and Turki shirmal.

The main difference between Sheermal and Fatir | Unleavened bread?

The main difference between Sheermal bread and Fatir is that in the preparation of Shirmal bread, milk is used instead of water. For this reason, it is called Shirmal bread, because during its preparation, the dough is rubbed in milk.

What country does the traditional Shirmal bread belong to?

According to various historical documents, Noon Shirmal originated from Iran and traveled to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Turkey through the Silk Road.

What are the necessary ingredients for the preparation of simple Shirmal bread?

Shirmal bread is prepared with the simplest ingredients available at home. Baking flour, sugar, oil, milk, eggs, yeast, and a little salt are the main ingredients of this delicious bread.

How to prepare Shirmal bread with a toaster?

If you don’t have an oven at home, you can prepare your bread in the toaster. To do this, preheat the toaster, then put the bread dough in it and continue cooking until the dough is cooked and golden on its surface.

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