Ryan’s Phyllo Roll

By now, we know that all the Tanda Tula Blog readers just love the recipes that Chef Ryan shares with us. His recipes are definitely up there in terms of blog hits that feature lions pulling down buffalo, and leopards hoisting impalas into trees. It just goes to show that he must be doing something right!

We also know the guests staying at Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the Timbavati go mad for the incredible dishes Ryan produces. It is awesome to see that past guests keep following him and his food creations. He is even the reason for some first-time guests coming.

This delicious phyllo roll is the perfect meal, accompanied by a green salad, for all vegetarians but also healthy and filling enough for everyone to enjoy.

Roasted Butternut and Chick Pea Phyllo Roll


  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1x medium white onion
  • 250g dried chickpeas
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 packet phyllo pastry
  • 25g melted butter 


  1. Cover the chickpeas with cold water and soak overnight.
  2. On the following day, drain the chickpeas and place in a deep saucepan. 
  3. Cover the chickpeas with water, add 5ml of salt and then simmer until the chickpeas are soft. Strain and leave to one side.
  4. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  5. Peel the butternut and then cut into small dice (5mm x 5mm). 
  6. Fine dice the onion and mix with the butternut, olive oil, and honey.
  7. Roast for about 15 - 20 minutes or until the butternut is tender.
  8. Once the butternut is cooked, mix with the chickpeas.
  9. On a clean dry surface, lay out 1 sheet of phyllo pastry.
  10. Paint with butter and lay another sheet on the top. Repeat with 1 more sheet so that there are 3 sheets stacked in total.
  11. Place the butternut mixture along the bottom of the pastry
  12. Carefully roll up the pastry and place on a greased baking tray.
  13. Paint the top of the pastry with more butter and bake at 180°C for 15 -20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
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