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A Taste of Trinidad: Exploring the Delicious Street Food - Doubles

A Taste of Trinidad: Exploring the Delicious Street Food - Doubles

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Trinidad Street Food: Doubles

Trinidad and Tobago, a vibrant Caribbean nation, is known for its diverse culture and mouth-watering cuisine. Among the many delectable dishes, one that stands out as a favourite among locals and visitors alike is Doubles. This iconic street food is not only delicious but also carries a fascinating history. 

Doubles is deeply rooted in the Indian heritage of Trinidad and Tobago. It originated during the late 19th century when thousands of indentured labourers from India were brought to the island to work on sugarcane plantations. These labourers brought with them their culinary traditions, including the concept of "Channa Puri," a popular Indian dish consisting of fried bread (puri) served with curried chickpeas (channa). Over time, this Indian delicacy fused with Trinidadian flavours, resulting in the birth of Doubles.

Let’s get cooking!

Servings: 12

Keywords: Street Food

  • Prep Time: 0 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 0 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 0 mins




  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¾ cup Water
  • 2 cups Dried Chickpeas (channa)
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Curry Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot Pepper Sauce (optional)
  • Tamarind sauce (optional)


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add water while kneading until a smooth dough forms. Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Rinse the dried chickpeas thoroughly and soak them in water overnight. The next day, drain and rinse them again.
  3. In a large pot, add the soaked chickpeas and cover them with water. Bring to a boil and let them cook for about 1 to 1.5 hours until they become tender. Drain and set aside.
  4. In a separate pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, ground cumin, turmeric, coriander, and curry powder. Sauté until the spices release their aroma and the onions turn translucent.
  5. Add the cooked chickpeas to the pan and mix well, allowing the flavours to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Take the rested dough and divide it into small portions. Roll each portion into a ball and flatten it into a thin round shape.
  7. Heat oil in a frying pan or deep fryer over medium-high heat. Fry the flattened dough until golden brown on both sides. Remove and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.


Traditionally, Doubles are served as street food, often purchased from roadside vendors. To assemble your Doubles, take one of the fried bread rounds and place a generous spoonful of the curried chickpeas in the centre. Fold the bread over, creating a sandwich-like structure. For added flavour, you can drizzle hot pepper sauce and tamarind sauce over the filling. The combination of the fluffy bread, savoury curried chickpeas, and tangy sauces creates a symphony of flavours that are truly irresistible.

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