Chicken Biriyani Beggars Pouches

Recipe by MarieRynr
READY IN: 1hr 20mins




  • Mix the cayenne powder, coriander powder and tumeric powder, set aside
  • In a clean food processor grind the medium onion, garlic and ginger to a paste
  • Dry the chicken well and chop finely, but do not grind ( a couple of pulses in the food processor will do fine
  • Heat the oil or ghee in a pan and fry the onion slices to golden and set aside
  • Do the same to the cashew nuts and raisins and set aside
  • Add the ground paste and dry spice mix to the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, then add the chopped chicken
  • 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
  • Add the green chilies, garam masala, whole cardamom, yoghurt, coriander leaves and salt to taste
  • Let the chicken simmer in the sauce until the chicken is cooked and the sauce thickens
  • Remove from heat and let cool
  • Cut the phyllo sheets in half, so you have 32 squares
  • cover the phyllo with plastic wrap and a damp towel while working so it does not dry out
  • Place one sheet of phyllo on your work surface
  • Brush with a little melted butter, especially the edges
  • Place a second sheet on top in the opposite direction to make a cross, brushing this sheet with melted butter as well
  • 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
  • Divide chicken mixture into 8 and place 1/8th of mixture into center of one of the layers of phyllo
  • Sprinkle 1/8th of the cashews and raisins on top
  • 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
  • Pinch the gather together and hold for 5 seconds
  • This will hold the package closed
  • Place each purse on a lightly greased baking sheet and repeat with remaining chicken and phyllo
  • Refrigerate until ready to bake (this can be made in advance up to this point)
  • 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
  • Preheat oven to 375*F
  • Place the pans with the beggars purses on them into the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes, until nicely crispy (do not overcook)
  • 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
  • If you wanted, two of these purses could be served as a main course along with a spicy basamati pilaf