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Trinidadian doubles are a popular street food in Trinidad and Tobago, consisting of two soft and fluffy fried flatbreads known as bara, filled with a curried chickpea mixture and a variety of chutneys.

The origins of doubles can be traced back to the Indian indentured laborers who came to Trinidad and Tobago in the late 1800s. The dish is a fusion of Indian and Trinidadian flavors, reflecting the diverse culinary heritage of the country.

Here is a recipe to make Trinidadian doubles:


For the bara:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water
Oil for frying

For the Channa (curried chickpea mixture):

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste

For the toppings:
Tamarind chutney
Mango chutney
Cucumber, sliced
Hot pepper sauce


To make the bara, combine the flour, baking powder, turmeric, cumin, coriander, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl.

Gradually add the warm water, stirring until a smooth dough forms. Knead the dough for a few minutes until it is soft and pliable.

Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into small portions and roll each one into a ball. Flatten each ball into a disc shape, using your hands or a rolling pin.

Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Fry the bara until it is golden brown and puffed up, flipping it over once to cook both sides.

To make the channa, heat oil in a separate pan and sauté the onions and garlic until they are soft and fragrant.

Add the curry powder, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and salt to the pan. Stir to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

Add the chickpeas to the pan and stir to coat them in the spice mixture. Add enough water to the pan to cover the chickpeas.

Bring the channa to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes until the chickpeas are soft and tender.

To assemble the doubles, place two baras on top of each other. Spoon a generous portion of the channa mixture on top.

Add a dollop of tamarind and mango chutneys on top of the channa. Top with sliced cucumber and a drizzle of hot pepper sauce.

Serve and enjoy your homemade Trinidadian doubles!

Trinidadian doubles are a delicious and unique street food that is reflective of the diverse cultural heritage of Trinidad and Tobago. Whether you are visiting Trinidad and Tobago or trying them for the first time at a local restaurant, doubles are a must-try dish for any food lover.

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Jamaican beef patties are a beloved Caribbean dish that has gained worldwide recognition for its delicious, spicy, and savory flavor. Originating in Jamaica, this dish has become a staple in Caribbean cuisine, and it is enjoyed by millions of people around the world. If you have ever tried a Jamaican beef patty, you know how irresistible they are. Making your own Jamaican beef patties at home is not only a fun and rewarding experience, but it also allows you to use fresh and authentic ingredients, ensuring the best flavor possible.

Ingredients and Preparation

To make authentic Jamaican beef patties, you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup cold water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and black pepper to taste

You will also need the following equipment:

Large mixing bowl
Rolling pin
Cutting board
Large skillet
Baking sheet
Pastry brush

To prepare the dough, mix the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the cold water and mix until the dough comes together. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth, then cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Making the Filling

To make the filling for your Jamaican beef patties, heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and sauté until soft and translucent. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking up any large chunks with a wooden spoon. Add the dried thyme, curry powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper, and stir until the meat is coated in the spices. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the meat is cooked through and the flavors have melded together. Set aside to cool.

For an authentic Jamaican flavor, you can add scotch bonnet pepper to your filling. Be careful when handling this pepper, as it is very spicy. You can also add green onions or bell peppers for extra flavor and texture.

Making the Dough

The pastry dough is an important component of Jamaican beef patties, as it provides the perfect flaky texture and complements the flavorful filling. To make the dough, roll it out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut the dough into circles using a round cutter or a small bowl.

Assembling and Baking the Patties

To assemble your Jamaican beef patties, place a spoonful of the filling on one half of each pastry circle, leaving a small border around the edge. Fold the other half over to create a half-moon shape, then crimp the edges with a fork to seal.

Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then brush the tops with beaten egg. Bake the patties in a preheated oven at 375°F for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Serving and Enjoying

Jamaican beef patties are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven, with a side of hot sauce or mango chutney. You can also serve them with a salad or coleslaw for a complete meal. Impress your friends and family by serving up these delicious and authentic Jamaican beef patties at your next gathering.

Making Jamaican beef patties at home is a fun and rewarding experience that allows you to explore the flavors of the Caribbean. By following our easy-to-follow recipe guide and using authentic Jamaican ingredients, you can create delicious and savory patties that will impress your taste buds and your guests.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different fillings and spices to create your own unique twist on this classic dish. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey and discover the mouthwatering flavors of Jamaican beef patties!

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Honeyed Chicken Wings Recipe Ingredients:

Honeyed Chicken Wings

Tasty Honeyed Chicken Wings. Chicken wings are marinated in garlic, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, and lemon juice, then roasted in the oven.

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons runny honey
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sherry
  • 2 teaspoons soft brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 12 chicken wings, trimmed

For the dipping sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons peanut cream
  • 6 tablespoons coconut cream
  • Pinch of salt

How To Make Honeyed Chicken Wings:

  1. Put the soy sauce, honey, vinegar, sherry, sugar, ginger and garlic in a bowl and mix well together, blending thoroughly until smooth.

  2. Put the chicken wings in a shallow bowl and pour the honey marinade over the top. Smear the marinade all over the wings then cover and leave in a cool place to marinate for 2 hours.
  3. While the wings are marinating make the sauce. Fry the onion in the oil for about 5 minutes until golden brown. Stir in the sugar, lime juice and peanut butter, and then add the coconut cream, a little a time. Add the salt and cook over gentle heat until smooth and think. Set aside.
  4. Remove the chicken wings from the marinade and place on a rack in a baking pan. Cook in preheated oven at 190C/ 375F/Gas Mark 5 for 15-20 minutes, until crisp and golden brown and cooked through. Baste from time to time with any leftover marinade. Alternatively, grill for 5-7 minutes each side. Serve with the warm peanut dipping sauce.

Preparation: 15 minutes + Marinating Time
Cooking:15-20 minutes
Serves: 4

Recipe published in Hamlyn Essential Caribbean: Step-by-step Recipes with Style

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