The Bangladeshi Kitchen

Fish Dopeaja * Fish with Onions

This is a very traditional Bangladeshi fish recipe.


  • Fish (preferably small, cut into small pieces) 1 cup
  • Sliced onions: 1/2 cups
  • Red chili powder/paste (red) 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder/paste 1 tsp
  • Onion paste 2 tbsp
  • Ginger paste 1/8 tsp
  • Black Pepper paste 1/4 tsp
  • Shredded dhania leaves (cilantro) personal taste
  • Scallions/Onion leaves 2 tbsp
  • Oil 1/3 cup
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Tomato 2 medium


  1. Works best with small fish. Out here in the land of non- Bangladeshi fish, try shrimp or any fresh-water fish cut into very small pieces.
  2. After heating the oil add all the powder/paste spices and fry for a couple of minutes. You might add a little bit of water if you are using powders only. Make sure you don’t burn the spices. (Include the onion pastes)
  3. Add the shredded onions and the fish. Add 1/2 cup of water and the salt. Cover the dish and medium-hi heat.
  4. When the water has almost evaporated, add tomatoes, cilantero, and the onion leaves. Heat under low-medium heat till the oil starts to float.
  5. You are done, now eat. 🙂


Among the fishes available in a typical grocery store, catfish is best suited for Do-peAjA. Shrimp is great too.


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