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Onion bhaji (left) with potato pakoras
|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||Maharashtrian|
Bhaji is a spicy Indian snack that consists of a core food (like soaked potato or fried onions), similar to potato fritters, with several variants. It is usually used as a topping on various Indian meals but has become popular to eat alone as a snack. It is a popular street food in Maharashtra, India and you can find it on many stalls around the streets, especially in dhabas on highways. It is generally served with Bread (Pav) and called Bhajjipav.
Apart from being a must in the traditional Maharashtrian Hindu meal on festivals and alike, bhajjis top the comfort food list when it comes to monsoons and rains. They are generally served with a piping hot cup of coffee or tea.
The basic recipes consist of chopped onions incorporated into a dough made from rice and gram flour, spices, and sometimes herbs, then fried until golden. Variations like chilli bhajji are more popular in South India. Red chili powder, Turmeric powder and rice powder are used for coating chili bhajjis.
Onion Bhajjis are often eaten as starters to main Indian cuisine courses, along with Poppadoms and other Indian snacks. They may be served with a side of salad and slice of lemon, or with mango chutney and are traditionally made to a mild taste.
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