Authentic Trinidad Street Foods – Doubles

Savor the Taste of Trinidadian Street Eats with This Irresistible Recipe
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Authentic Trinidad Street Foods – Doubles

Prep Time 40 mins Cook Time 40 mins Rest Time 30 mins Total Time 1 hr 50 mins Difficulty: Advanced Servings: 3 Best Season: Summer


Experience the vibrant and dynamic culinary heritage of Trinidad with our Authentic Street Foods Doubles recipe.

Doubles, a beloved street food, consists of soft, fluffy fried bread (bara) filled with curried chickpeas (channa) and a medley of tantalizing toppings. This delectable dish is a symphony of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors that will transport your taste buds to the tropical oasis. Whether enjoyed as a savory snack or a satisfying meal, our recipe promises an authentic taste of Caribbean delight.


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Dough (Bara)

Chickpeas (Chana)


Dough - making Bara

    • In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, saffron powder and cumin powder.
    • In a small bowl, place warm water, sugar and yeast, allow to rest for about 5 mins, until dissolved.
    • Add yeast mixture to flour and enough water to make a slightly firm dough. Mix well, cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise for 1 -2 hours.

Chickpeas (Channa)

    • Heat oil in a pot, add garlic, onion, green seasoning, curry powder and cumin powder. Stir, cook and toast the ingredient for 1-2 mins.
    • Add 1/4 cup of water and saute for a few mins.
    • Add chick peas (drained and washed), stir to coat well and cook for 5 mins
    • Add 1 cup of water, salet, pepper and Bernie Pepper Sauce
    • Cover, lower heat and simmer until peas are very soft. 
    • Add more water if needed 
    • Season to taste with sale, if necessary

Cook the Bara

    • Dough should be punched down and allowed to relax for 10 - 15 mins 
    • Use a tablespoon to separate dough into smaller pieces
    • Oil both of your hands as dough may stick to hands
    • Pat the smaller dough with both hands to flatten to a circle, ideally, to pat the dough on a non-stick baking pan
    • Oil in a pot, high heat, fry the dough in hot oil, turn once and drain on kitchen paper (the whole frying process should take less than 1 min)

Assemble and Enjoy


  • Doubles are typically served with various toppings such as tamarind sauce, mango chutney, cucumber chutney, and hot pepper sauce. Feel free to customize your toppings according to your taste preferences.
  • Traditionally, doubles are eaten by hand, so be prepared for a deliciously messy experience!
Keywords: Trinidad Sweet Foods Doubles, Caribbean Street Food Recipe, Trinidadian Doubles, Sweet Doubles Recipe, Bara and Channa, Trinidadian Cuisine, Authentic Doubles Recipe

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Can I make doubles ahead of time?

While doubles are best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the components in advance. Store the bara (fried bread) and channa (curried chickpeas) separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, reheat the components and assemble the doubles for a delicious meal or snack.

Can I freeze the doubles?

Yes, you can freeze doubles for later enjoyment. Wrap each double  (without the channa) individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. When ready to eat, simply thaw the doubles in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through. However, note that the texture may slightly change upon freezing and reheating.

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  1. Chris

    It’s good.

  1. Chris

    It’s good.