Definition of bhaji
bhajia\ˈbä-jē-ə\ play also
1 : an Indian food consisting of a small quantity of chopped vegetables that have been battered and deep-fried … I find myself outside … a sort of Indian speakeasy; you can drink pretty much all night, as long as you're always within ten feet of an onion bhaji. — David Nicholls, Starter For Ten, 2007 Alsana nodded and waited for two awkward-shaped bhajis to go down the gullet. — Zadie Smith, White Teeth, 2000 The sound of a hawker selling bhajia rises from the street—onion and pepper and brinjal and potato. — Manil Suri, The Death of Vishnu, 2008 On the street, outside the shop, a vendor was scooping out fresh bhajias from a wok. — M. G. Vassanji, The Assassin's Song, 2008
2 : an Indian dish of fried or sautéed vegetables often in a curry sauce I sniff at the one-pot bhaji. Nothing too startling—potatoes, okra, some tomatoes, chick-peas; Mom doesn't believe in messing a whole bunch of pots. — Rachna Gilmore, A Group Of One, 2001
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Origin and Etymology of bhaji
borrowed from Hindi, Marathi or Gujarati bhājī “fried greens, greens, vegetables,” going back to Middle Indo-Aryan (Prakrit) bhajjiā- “fried vegetables,” derivative of bhajjia- “fried,” going back to Sanskrit bharjita-, verbal adjective from the root of bhṛjjati “(he/she) roasts” — more at 1fry
First Known Use: 1832
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