Trinidad Doubles Recipe

...soon to be one of your favorite East Indian recipes

Trinidadians prefer to buy doubles from street vendors, so why would you need or want a good Trinidad Doubles recipe?

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Doubles Recipe
Cucumber Chutney

Every person we've introduced to doubles has loved it. So much so that they often crave doubles for breakfast every morning while in Trinidad. When you taste doubles you'll be hooked, so when you crave doubles in Edinburgh, Scotland; Sidney, Australia; Los Angeles in the US; Rome, Paris, Calgary or Cork, you will be inspired to make Trinidad Doubles yourself, and its likely become one of your favorite East Indian recipes.

Delicious Trinidad Doubles ready to eat Doubles Recipe Search 

In our search for the perfect doubles recipe we have spoken to Trinidad Doubles vendors, followed discussion groups, and tried almost ever doubles recipe available.

Our journey took us down many dead ends but we finally came up with a recipe that'ss simple to make and consistently provides one of the most authentic experiences you will find outside of Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad Doubles vendor in Arima Real Trinidad Doubles 

Most of the recipes we tried were robust home styled versions, made with dhal flour or ground split peas in the barra, and heavily curried channa fillings.

These were fine recipes in their own right but they don't replicate the delicate blend of flavor and texture of real Trinidad Doubles - the street version sold by the hundreds of thousands each morning in Trinidad and Tobago.

For the street version to be profitable it must use inexpensive ingredients, and be simple to prepare. These same features make this an easy dish for gastronomical tourists, like us, to make after returning home. Treat yourself to this authentic Trinidad Doubles recipe...

  Trinidad Doubles Recipe

The secret to replicating the street version of Trinidad Doubles is threefold. First, the channa is not heavily curried; in fact, it is seasoned and boiled in much the same way dhal is made. Second, most of the flavor and spice in a doubles comes from the sauces and chutneys that are added. And third, the barra are made with a simple dough. Nothing fancy. The essence of the Trinidad Doubles recipe, we discovered, is economy.

 Barra Recipe - Trinidad Doubles Recipe Step 1  

Barra are a type of East Indian bread, and there are 2 barra served with each doubles... hence the name, see origin of Trinidad Doubles. This recipe makes approximately 36 barra (18 doubles). At first we thought making barra was the most difficult part of making doubles, but this recipe makes it easy...

     4 cups - all purpose flour
     2 teaspoons - saffron powder
     1 teaspoon - ground geera (cumin, preferable roasted)
     3 teaspoons - yeast
     ½ teaspoon - sugar
     1 teaspoon - salt (adjust to taste)
     Cranola oil for frying

 1  Put 1 cup of lukewarm water in a small bowl, add sugar and sprinkle with yeast. Then leave mixture until it swells to twice its size.

 2  Combine flour, salt, saffron and geera in a large bowl.

 3  Add yeast to flour mixture along with 1¼ cups of water and mix into slightly firm dough. Mix well but try to handle dough as little as possible, cover and let it rise to double its size, then form dough into 36 small balls and then let rise for another 10 to 15 minutes.

 4  Take a ball of the barra dough and pat into a flattened 4-inch circle with both hands. If the dough sticks to your hands dampen hands with water. Fry immediately after shaping in hot oil, turning once. Drain on paper towels and allow to cool to room temperature.

 Channa Recipe - Trinidad Doubles Recipe Step 2 

     1 (16oz) tin - channa (chick peas or garbanzo beans)
     1 teaspoon - ground coriander
     1 tablespoon - ground geera (cumin, preferably roasted)
     2 tablespoons - cranola oil
     1 small - onion
     4 cloves - garlic
     2 tablespoons - chive
     ½ teaspoon - turmeric powder
     ½ teaspoon each - salt and black pepper (adjust to taste)

 1  Dice onion, garlic and chive, keeping each separate.

 2  Put oil in a pot along with finely chopped onion and saute on medium heat until onion begins to caramelize.

 3  Add all remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.

 4  Add enough water to cover channa by about 1½ inches, and then boil channa until it's very soft. Depending on the type of pot you use, and how often you remove the lid to stir, you may need to add water during this process. When you are finished cooking there must be some liquid left in pot, so don't let it dry out.

Coconut Head Logo Preperation Notes 

Doubles venders don't use tinned channa. We use it to reduce preparation and cooking time, but if you use tinned channa it must be thoroughly washed. 1¼ cups (8ozs) dry channa can be substituted but it must be presoaked for 24 hours, changing the water at least twice during that period, and then pressure-cooked for about 1 hour.

  Cucumber Chutney Recipe

There are a variety of sauces and chutneys that can be used to spice up the basic Trinidad Doubles recipe, the most common of these are made from shadow benne, hot pepper, mango, tamarind, cucumber, and coconut. Try this Cucumber Chutney to add an extra dimension to your doubles...

     1 large - cucumber
     1 tablespoon - shadow beni (cilantro)
     1 tablespoon - chives
     1 - scotch-bonnet pepper (habanero pepper)
     4 cloves - garlic
     2 teaspoon - fresh Caribbean lime juice
     ½ teaspoon each - salt and black pepper (adjust to taste)
     ¼ teaspoon - brown sugar

 1  Julienne ¾ of cucumber into relatively small pieces. Cucumber seed and skin can be removed if you choose. We leave about a ¼ of skin to add color to chutney. Grate remainder of cucumber and add to mixture, which adds moisture to chutney.

 2  Finely dice garlic, cilantro and chives and add to mix.

 3  Finely dice pepper without touching it if possible, you don't want to inadvertently get this pepper in, or near, your eye.

 4  Gradually add the diced pepper to mix until it is spicy enough for your taste. Optionally, you may leave out some, or all, of the pepper, and use a tasty Caribbean pepper sauce to add the level of spice you desire when preparing individual Doubles.

Coconut Head Logo Trinidad Doubles Recipe Final Step 

With all the elements prepared, it is now time for the last step in the assembly of your Trinidad Doubles recipe. On a plate, place 2 barra side-by-side but overlapping slightly. Now, add a tablespoonful of channa and a liberal garnish of cucumber chutney, then finally, a drizzle of Trinidad pepper sauce to create the level of spiciness you desire. Enjoy...

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