Twice as Nice, Try T&T’s ‘Doubles’ Delicacy

Author  Edited from News Americas

Doubles is a Trinidadian delicacy.

It is a snack-sized sandwich made of two flat-breads known as bara, filled with a curried chickpea (or channa filling) and served with hot sauce.

DoublesHere’s the recipe:


Flat bread or bara

  • 1 lb. flour
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil for frying

Chick peas or channa

  • 2 cans of chick peas
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon curry
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin/geera
  • 1 teaspoon masala
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 5 leaves cilantro or chadon beni chopped finely
  • Salt to taste


Flat bread/bara

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Add water and knead until a smooth dough is formed.

Add a tablespoon of oil over the dough and cover with a cloth and let it rest for at least an hour or until double in size.

Spread a thin layer of oil over a clean flat surface and start making little dough balls, about two inches in diameter.

Heat oil over a medium to high flame.

Take each ball and flatten out the dough with your hands like you are making a tiny pizza. Fry in hot oil on both sides for seven to 10 seconds and then drain on paper towels.

Chick peas or channa

Heat about two tablespoons of oil over a medium flame. Add the onion, pepper and garlic and sauté.

Mix the curry powder, cumin or geera, and masala in water and add to the pot.

Sauté until golden and the curry is just about to get dry.

Drain the cans of chick peas/channa and add, quoting all of the peas. Pour enough water to cover the channa and simmer for about 15 minutes.

When it’s nearly finished, smash a few of the chick peas or channa to thicken the sauce. Mix in the finely chopped chadon beni or cilantro and adjust salt to taste.


Overlap two of the small flatbreads or bara on wax paper.

Add the curried chick peas or channa filling and top with pepper sauce or a tamarind or mango chutney and serve hot.