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Stuffed mirchi bhaji
Alternative names Bhaji, bajji
Type Fritter
Place of origin India
Region or state Andhra Pradesh / Karnataka / Maharashtra / Tamil Nadu
Serving temperature hot
Main ingredients Gram flour, vegetables
Similar dishes Pakora and other fritters made from wheat or corn flour
Cookbook: Bhaji  Media: Bhaji

A bhaji, bhajji or bajji, is a spicy Indian snack or entree dish similar to a fritter, with several variants. Outside the Indian states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka, such preparations are often known as pakora. It is usually served as a topping with various Indian meals, but has become popular to eat alone as a snack.[citation needed] It is a popular street food in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and West Bengal in India, and can be found for sale in street-side stalls, especially in tapris (common food stalls on streets) and dhabas on highways.

Apart from being a must in the traditional Maharashtrian, Tamil, and Telugu meal on special occasions like festivals, bhajis 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.They use Banana pepper for making Mirchi Bhajji.

Its variations include the Chilli bajji and the bread bajji (or bread pakoda).

plantain bhaji /vazhakai bhaji/ kela bhaji

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.[citation needed]

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