Sheermal has been in my to do list for long, but somehow I skipped making it until now. For the alphabet S, I didn’t even search for any other options as Sheermal it was. This is a Pakistani bread ( it is also part of Awadhi cuisine), which is so rich and is served with qorma. These are either leavened with baking soda or yeast and baked in tandoor ovens. I watched videos of professional sheermal making for two days and loved what they did. Though we can’t do it like them, we can bake it in oven at the highest temperature setting. The bread is flavoured with kewra or rose. I have tried kewra before but no one at house liked it. It is kind of acquired flavour. I used rose essence in the dough. But you can also use cardamom powder instead.
I made this for my daughter on a Saturday for lunch. With all the ghee going into the recipe, it is so rich and quite heavy. Usually my daughter finishes off one or two breads, but with this she couldn’t even finish half of it. I tasted a little bit and loved the rose and saffron flavours in the bread. The texture was also so good because of all the milk and ghee which went into the dough. If you are planning for a party, add this in your menu. You will please everyone.
Makes 2 Breads
Recipe Source: My Diverse Kitchen
All Purpose Flour / Maida – 1 cup
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Sugar – 1 tbs
Instant Yeast – 3/4 tsp
Ghee – 2 tbs
Rose Essence – a few drops
Milk – 1/2 cup
Saffron – a generous pinch
In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
Add ghee and mix until the flour looks like crumbs.
Add rose essence and enough milk to make a soft dough.
Knead the dough for 5 minutes or until it is smooth.
Cover and set aside until it doubles in volume.
Meanwhile, soak saffron in 2 tbs of hot water and set aside.
Preheat oven to 250°C.
Divide the dough into two equal portions.
Grease a baking tray and press the portions into a slightly thick circle.
Allow it to rest for a while and with the help of a fork prick all over the surface.
Brush the top of the disc with the saffron soaked water.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden.
Remove from oven, brush with ghee and serve immediately.