Stuffed mirchi (chili) bhaji
Alternative names Bhaji, bajji
Type Fritter
Place of origin India
Region or state Gujarat / Karnataka / Maharashtra / Tamil Nadu / Andhra Pradesh / Kerala
Serving temperature hot
Main ingredients Gram flour, vegetables
Similar dishes Pakora and other fritters made from wheat or corn flour
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A bhaji, bhajji, or bajji is a spicy Indian snack or entree dish similar to a fritter, with several variants. It is a popular snack food in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, 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).

Outside the Indian states of Kerala, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka, such preparations are often known as pakora.

Bhajis are a component of traditional 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) and vada in Maharashtra. Bonda has potato or mixed vegetable filling.

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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