Exquisite Moroccan Elegance: Pastilla Unveiled

Dish recipes: Pastilla
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Indulge in the opulent flavors of Morocco with our Pastilla recipe, a culinary masterpiece that harmonizes savory and sweet. This traditional Moroccan dish, also known as B'stilla, promises a taste journey through layers of delicate pastry and rich, flavorful fillings.


2 lbs Chicken Breast (0.9 kg), cooked and shredded

1 cup Almonds, blanched and sliced

1 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped

1 cup Cilantro, chopped

1 cup Onion, finely diced

1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted

1/2 cup Olive Oil

1/2 cup Powdered Sugar

1/4 cup Cinnamon Powder

1/4 cup Ground Ginger

1/4 cup Ground Turmeric

1/4 cup Ground Cumin

1/4 cup Ground Coriander

12 sheets Phyllo Dough

Salt and Pepper to taste


Prepare the Filling:

In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, almonds, parsley, cilantro, onion, powdered sugar, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper.

Layer the Phyllo Dough:

Brush each phyllo dough sheet with a mixture of melted butter and olive oil, layering them to create a pastry base.

Add the Filling:

Spread the chicken filling evenly over the phyllo layers.

Create the Layers:

Fold the excess phyllo dough over the filling, creating a layered effect. Brush the top with more butter and oil.

Bake to Perfection:

Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Garnish and Serve:

Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar, cinnamon, and chopped almonds before serving.


Traditionally, Pastilla is cut into squares or triangles and served sprinkled with powdered sugar. Pair it with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a delightful contrast.

Pastilla is a celebration of Moroccan culinary finesse, blending contrasting flavors and textures into a sensational dish fit for a feast.