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  • Fish (preferably small, cut into small pieces) 240 ml (1 cup)
  • Sliced onions: 120 ml (1/2 cup)
  • Chilli powder/paste (red) 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder/paste 1 tsp
  • Onion paste 30 ml (2 tbsp)
  • Ginger paste 1/8 tsp
  • Pepper paste 1/4 tsp
  • Shredded  cilantro leaves ( amount personal pref)
  • Onion leaves 30 ml (2 tbsp)
  • Oil 80 ml (1/3 cup)
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Tomato  2 medium


  1. Works best with small fish. You can use shrimp or any fresh-water fish cut into very small pieces.
  2. Heat 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 120 ml (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.
  5. Cook on low-medium heat till the oil starts to float.

Among the fishes generally available, catfish is best suited for Do-peAjA. Shrimp works well with this dish.