|Alternative names||Bhaji, bajji|
|Place of origin||Indian subcontinent|
|Region or state||Gujarat / Karnataka / Maharashtra / Tamil Nadu / Andhra Pradesh / Kerala|
|Main ingredients||Gram flour, vegetables|
|Similar dishes||Pakora and other fritters made from wheat or corn flour|
A bhaji, bhajji, Bhajiya or bajji is a spicy snack or entree dish similar to a fritter, originating from the Indian subcontinent, with several variants. It is a popular snack food in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Assam, West Bengal and Odisha in India, and can be found for sale in street-side stalls, especially in tapris (on streets) and dhabas (on highways).
Bhajis are a component of traditional Gujarati Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu cuisine served on special occasions and at festivals. They are generally served with a cup of coffee, tea, or a traditional serving of yameen. They use banana peppers for making mirchi bhajji.
Its variations include the chili bajji and the bread bajji (or bread pakoda). Another version is called bonda (in south India), vada (in Maharashtra) and Gota (in gujarat). Bonda has potato or mixed vegetable filling while Gota is made by green fenugreek leaves.
Onion bhajis are often eaten as a starter in Indian restaurants before the main course, 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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