Trinidadian Doubles was a revelation to me and my family. What can be wrong about deeply flavorful, soft fried bread covered with a thick, spiced chickpea gravy? But to explain how much we liked this dish here's a conversation between me and my husband after our first try:
John: WOW, that was good!
Me: Wasn't it, though?
John: Let's have it for dinner.
Me: I already started something.
John: How about tomorrow night?
Me: Yeah, we could probably do that.
John: That was one of the best things I've ever eaten.
Me: I agree...
John: Seriously, those were SO good.
Me: I loved it!
John: Is there any more?
Me (Not 100% honestly): Nope.
John: You should have made 100 of those.
Me. I know.
John: Wait, there are more.
Me: STOP! Those are for Jack. (Jack's our oldest son.)
John: Why does he get 3??
Me: He's currently running 9 miles.
John: I'd run 9 miles to eat more of them!!!
Questions About This Gluten Free Doubles Recipe
What is Urad Dal?
Urad Dal is a gluten-free flour made from roasted lentils. Before roasting, the seed coat of the lentils is removed.
Can Trinidad Doubles be frozen?
The bara (bread) part of doubles can easily be frozen before frying. Make sure you defrost and pat dry the bara so water droplets don't get into the oil and cause splattering.
Are doubles healthy?
This particular recipe is healthier than most! First of all, the chana filling (chickpeas in a seasoned sauce) is extremely healthy. The chickpeas are high in fiber and protein and there is nothing unhealthy added to the sauce. The bara (bread) is fried, which is the least healthy part about them. However, this gluten-free recipe from Moy Lovell utilizes very healthy lentil powder.
What kind of food is doubles?
Doubles is an addictively delicious street food from Trinidad. The roots of the dish are Indian, which you find in the chickpea (chana) filling. The bread is soft, fried, and flavorful. A snack food that cannot be beat.
What do you eat with doubles?
Coconut water, shredded cucumber, chutney and hot sauce.
About Moy Lowell, Contributor of this Gluten Free Doubles Recipe
To know Moy is to love her. She is deeply sincere, thoughtful, well-read, and kind. After years of unexplained illness, Moy discovered that she cannot eat any gluten at all. Since that moment, she has used her considerable baking skills to develop gluten-free recipes for many classic dishes, to open a gluten-free specialty baking shop, and to develop pre-mixed gluten free baking packages. In Moy's episode, we discuss her diagnosis at length as well as the significance of Doubles to Trinis. As you may have guessed, the dish has its roots in India, which was the perfect starting point for Moy to teach me about the unique history and diversity of Trinidad and Tobago.
Because this episode was already so rich and packed with information, we also released a bonus episode containing Moy’s best tips for baking gluten-free foods.
What Doubles Means to Moy and All Trinidadians
Doubles are a huge part of the food scene in Trinidad and Tobago. Everyone regardless of colour, social standing etc loves doubles and stand together on the side of the road eating them hot!
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