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Trinidadian recipe for doubles: Caribbean food

Updated on August 6, 2014

How to make doubles: Trinidadian food

If you have never heard of this dish before, don't worry you are not alone but I would love to introduce you to it. I love to share the information so you'll know what you're missing. This dish is so tasty, you have to try it!

Doubles are a popular food in the Caribbean nation, Trinidad and Tobago. The bread part is made with flour risen with yeast and the filling is made of curried chick peas and onions.

This is a dish that I love so much and when I wanted to learn to make it for myself, I looked at advice via the internet. The recipe I followed is the first that came up in my internet search, a recipe posted in February 2007 on the blog

I must credit and explain the source that I used but one instrumental change that I made was to use whole wheat flour to make it a bit more healthy.

I don't know how many people have tried it this way before but it was worth the small change and it is still delicious.

 The photos enclosed here are my own (Copyright © Journey *). I cooked the whole wheat doubles as a side to curried chicken. They taste great together however many people might eat the doubles alone as a main dish.

For this recipe as adapted from which is itself adapted from Naprima (in Trinidad) girls high school cookbook, here are the steps to follow.:

1. Take 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of curry powder and mix, Mix 1/3 cup of warm water with a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and 1 packet of yeast in another bowl and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Mix the contents of the 2 bowls together and then knead the dough. Cover for 2 hours to rise.

2. Open 2 cans of chick peas and rinse. Add fresh water to them and place them on a stove or in a slow cooker to boil and become very tender.

3. Drain the water and add 1 tablespoon of canola oil, 3 teaspoons of curry powder, 1 teaspoon or garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, 1 sliced or diced onion and sautee.

4. When the dough is ready, tear off large sections and shape into round patties as seen in the photos. Fry these pieces in hot oil for 5 minutes on each side, flipping with a spatula.

5. Place the fried dough on paper towels to absorb the excess oil and then fill 2 pieces of the fried dough with the chick pea filling making it like a sandwich.

6. Eat alone or as a side to an entree like curried chicken.



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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, thanks for posting a comment. I'm happy to hear that they spark your interest and you are thinking about trying them.

      Hello, hello, you're welcome and thanks for your nice comment.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for such a lovely recipe.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What an interesting recipe. You're right I have never heard of doubles. Now that I have I'll have to try them.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      Hi esatchel, it's great to hear that you'll try it. You won't be disappointed especially if you love chick peas. Thanks for posting a comment.

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      PDGreenwell 6 years ago from Kentucky

      Sound delicious. We love chick peas around my house. Will try this. Ann