If using Phyllo sheets - take them out of the freezer and thaw it. Let's begin with the keema recipe.
Assemble all the spices..
Clean and wash chicken.
Heat oil in a pan and add all the whole spices. When they start to sputter...
Add chopped onions, garlic and ginger.
Saute for 2-3 minutes on medium flame until onions are translucent.
Mix in chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and mix it well.
Add all the spices and cook for another 2-3 minutes on a medium low flame.
Once oil/ghee starts to separate, add in minced chicken and mix it well.
Cover the pan and cook for 10-15 minutes on a low flame. Depending on the chicken it may release some liquid in the gravy- it's just fine, keep sauteing. Adjust seasonings and cook till all the liquid has evaporated and keema feels dry. Allow it to cool down completely. Make sure the keema stuffing completely cooled off and dry before stuffing.
Assemble all the ingredients needed for samosa preparation. All you need is cooked keema, butter and water.
Take out one roll from the box...
Cut the packet and roll out the sheets.
Cut a rectangular piece out of the pastry sheets...
And cover rest of the sheets with a damp cloth. Make sure they are totally covered or else they will dry out and start breaking apart.
I choose to cover them by placing a wire rack on top of them this way the top layer will not stick to the damp cloth.
Separate 3 sheets from the cut batch and cover the rest.
Brush the sheets with butter..
Place 1 teaspoon or tablespoon (depending on how stuffy you want your samosas to be) in one corner.
Start folding the sheets by making the first triangle.
Lift and fold it over. It is still a half triangle..
Again lift and fold it on the other side, making it look like a triangle..
Keep folding like a triangle...
Till you reach the end..
Once you have reached the end, give it a final fold...
Lift it up and using a sharp scissors trim the extra off..
See that loose end, seal all the loose sheets, by applying some water on the edges. Press ,seal and samosa is ready.
Preheat oven at 350 degree F. Finish up with rest of the sheets. Grease a baking tray and place samosas over it.
Give them a final brushing with butter...
And place them in the hot oven to bake.
Once baked from top, flip them over.
Bake until they are light brown and evenly toasty from both the sides.
If you choose to fry them, then heat oil in a kadhai or pan. Once it reaches the smoky point, drop samosas in hot oil and fry till golden brown.
Drain it on a paper towel.