bhaji

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noun bha·ji \ ˈbä-jē \
variants: or less commonly bhajee play \ˈbä-jē\ or bhajji play \ˈbä-jē\

Definition of bhaji

plural bhajis or bhajia play \ˈbä-jē-ə\ also bhajias or bhajees or bhajjis
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 NichollsStarter For Ten2007
  • Alsana nodded and waited for two awkward-shaped bhajis to go down the gullet.
  • —Zadie SmithWhite Teeth2000
  • The sound of a hawker selling bhajia rises from the street—onion and pepper and brinjal and potato.
  • —Manil SuriThe Death of Vishnu2008
  • On the street, outside the shop, a vendor was scooping out fresh bhajias from a wok.
  • —M. G. VassanjiThe Assassin's Song2008
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 GilmoreA Group Of One2001

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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”


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