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For other uses, see Bhajji (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Pav bhaji.
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Onion bhajji (left) with potato pakoras
Alternative names Bhaji
Type Snack
Place of origin India
Region or state Maharashtrian
Main ingredients Gram flour, vegetables
Similar dishes Fritter, made with wheat or corn flour
Cookbook:Bajji  Bajji

Bajji or bhajji is a spicy Indian snack similar to a fritter, with several variants. Outside the southern states of India, such preparations are often known as pakora. It is usually used as a topping on various Indian meals but has become popular to eat alone as a snack.[citation needed] It is a popular street food in Maharashtra, India and can be found for sale in street-side stalls, especially in dhabas on highways.

Apart from being a must in the traditional Maharashtrian Hindu meal on festivals and the like, bhajjis top the comfort food list when it comes to monsoons and rains. They are generally served with a piping hot cup of coffee, tea or a traditional serving of Yameen.


The basic recipes consist of chopped onions incorporated into a dough made from similar material like rice and gram flour, spices[chilli,turmeric], and sometimes herbs, then fried in oil 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.[citation needed]


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