bha·​ji | \ ˈbä-jē How to pronounce bhaji (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bhajee \ ˈbä-​jē How to pronounce bhajee (audio) \ or bhajji \ ˈbä-​jē How to pronounce bhajji (audio) \
plural bhajis or bhajia\ ˈbä-​jē-​ə How to pronounce bhajia (audio) \ also bhajias or bhajees or bhajjis

Definition of bhaji

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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First Known Use of bhaji

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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“Bhaji.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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