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    Chicken Biriyani Beggars Pouches

    Chicken Biriyani Beggars Pouches. Photo by Chef Annie Z

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    1 hr 20 mins

    1 hr

    20 mins

    MarieRynr's Note:

    This is my attempt at an entry for the RSC6 contest! I think I have come up with something that is not only visually a knockout, but delicious as well. I hope you will give it a try!

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    1. 1
      Mix the cayenne powder, coriander powder and tumeric powder, set aside
    2. 2
      In a clean food processor grind the medium onion, garlic and ginger to a paste
    3. 3
      Dry the chicken well and chop finely, but do not grind ( a couple of pulses in the food processor will do fine
    4. 4
      Heat the oil or ghee in a pan and fry the onion slices to golden and set aside
    5. 5
      Do the same to the cashew nuts and raisins and set aside
    6. 6
      Add the ground paste and dry spice mix to the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, then add the chopped chicken
    7. 7
      Cook the chicken in the spice paste for a few minutes, turning it over a few times with a spoon, until it is no longer pink
    8. 8
      Add the green chilies, garam masala, whole cardamom, yoghurt, coriander leaves and salt to taste
    9. 9
      Let the chicken simmer in the sauce until the chicken is cooked and the sauce thickens
    10. 10
      Remove from heat and let cool
    11. 11
      Cut the phyllo sheets in half, so you have 32 squares
    12. 12
      cover the phyllo with plastic wrap and a damp towel while working so it does not dry out
    13. 13
      Place one sheet of phyllo on your work surface
    14. 14
      Brush with a little melted butter, especially the edges
    15. 15
      Place a second sheet on top in the opposite direction to make a cross, brushing this sheet with melted butter as well
    16. 16
      Place two more sheets in the same manner (criss crossing and brushing with butter) on top of the previous sheets of phyllo (you will have 4 layers, criss crossing each other
    17. 17
      Divide chicken mixture into 8 and place 1/8th of mixture into center of one of the layers of phyllo
    18. 18
      Sprinkle 1/8th of the cashews and raisins on top
    19. 19
      Loosen the sheets of phyllo with a flat metal spatula or knife and using your fingers, carefully lift and gather the phyllo (as if making a pouch) encasing the chicken in a bundle with a loose flowing frilly top
    20. 20
      Pinch the gather together and hold for 5 seconds
    21. 21
      This will hold the package closed
    22. 22
      Place each purse on a lightly greased baking sheet and repeat with remaining chicken and phyllo
    23. 23
      Refrigerate until ready to bake (this can be made in advance up to this point)
    24. 24
      When placing the chicken on the sheet pans, leave enough space between the bundles to that they will become crispy on the sides when baked
    25. 25
      Preheat oven to 375*F
    26. 26
      Place the pans with the beggars purses on them into the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes, until nicely crispy (do not overcook)
    27. 27
      To serve place one beggars purse on a warm plate, with a dollop of creme fraiche on the side, sprinkling the chopped coriander on for a garnish
    28. 28
      If you wanted, two of these purses could be served as a main course along with a spicy basamati pilaf

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 18, 2005


      My family was pleasantly surprised at the flavor in these. The spices blended well & had a nice heat to it. I did use 2 seeded & diced jalapenos instead of the green chilies as that was what I had on hand. I would love to have seen the flourishes of the purses. I think that would be such a pretty serving idea! I chose to roll these up similar to a burrito or eggroll as I was storing half in the freezer for later. I think phyllo adds so much to a recipe, I just love the crispness it adds to fillings. I thought these were a nice use of contest ingredients and fairly easy to make. Great job!!

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    • on August 15, 2007


      My Family, including kids 7 years to 14 loved the flavor of this dish. The recipe looks complicated, but is actually not hard at all. We put the extra meat and sauce over rice, which was also a very good way to enjoy the flavors of this recipe. Thank you for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chicken Biriyani Beggars Pouches

    Serving Size: 1 (181 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 559.2
    Calories from Fat 410
    Total Fat 45.6 g
    Saturated Fat 27.3 g
    Cholesterol 140.6 mg
    Sodium 305.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 29.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
    Sugars 5.2 g
    Protein 9.9 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    cashew nuts

    fresh ginger


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