The key to working with phyllo pastry is to work quickly and always keep it covered with a dry towel. Phyllo that is not covered will quickly turn dry and brittle. Don’t worry if your phyllo splits or creases when you place it in the pan—you will never notice it once the pie is baked.
Turmeric adds bright yellow color to food; in fact, it’s what gives American ballpark mustard its distinctive color. In this dish, turmeric adds not only color, but also a rich earthy flavor.