In large pot over medium-high
heat, bring chick peas and liquid to boil. Boil for 15 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid.
Meanwhile, in separate
saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook curry powder, onions, garlic and thyme,
stirring, for 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) water and bring to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer,
stirring often, until mixture is thickened and forms a paste. Stir in an equal amount of
the reserved chick pea liquid. Stir in chick peas and cumin. Season with salt to taste.
Barrah (the dough, or the
In large bowl, whisk together
water, saffron, baking powder and salt. Whisk in about half of the flour to make a smooth
paste. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dipping hands in oil to
prevent sticking and adding more oil as necessary, knead dough until smooth.
Sprinkle work surface with
flour and then with oil. Keeping hands oiled, break off pieces of dough the size of a
walnut. With tips of fingers, flatten each piece into a very thin circle, about 4-inches
(10 cm) in diameter.
In large pot, heat 4- to
6-inches (10 to 15 cm) of oil to 375°F (190°C). Deep-fry 1 to 2 barrah at a time,
turning once, for about 30 seconds or until golden and puffed. Transfer to paper
towel-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining barrah, making sure oil is heated between
Assembly: Place one barrah on
plate and top with a loving spoonful of Channa Filling, season with hot pepper sauce and
top with another barrah. Makes about 30 "doubles".
Splatterflinger's Easy Pot
Just a couple of comments:
== The Doubles I have seen have
been more healthy - they consisted of Barra that have probably been dry-fried or baked and
are still soft. There was not a hint of oil or deep frying to the touch.
== While Doubles are available
all over Trinidad, my own experience has only been at the airport. Without exception, the
vendors there prepared the Doubles by first laying a sheet of waxed paper on their
upturned left hand, then laying two Barra, overlapping by an inch or more, on their
outstretched hand (one over the palm, one over the fingers), then adding a good glop of
the curried Channa in the middle.
The left hand was then closed
to form a kind of sandwich, the thumb and forefinger held the left two corners of the
waxed paper together. The right hand then grasped the right two corners, the left palm
dropped so the "package" was hanging free and was then spun (forwards, over the
top) a couple of times to form a reasonably good seal all round.
That was the end of one Doubles
"package", it was placed in a brown paper bag, and the next was started
efficiently almost without thought - production was to order and delivered VERY quickly.
The only reason for pause was if the order was for "hot", for which a spoonful
of hot pepper sauce was added (NOT mixed in) on top of the curried Channa and immediately
before "folding" and spinning.
As pilots we took these on
board and three or more hours later they were still providing delicious sustenance. We
also found out that many flight crew and passengers take quantities of these delicacies
abroad for their friends and families.
These Doubles can be frozen if
they are thawed quickly in a microwave. A little trial and error will tell you exactly how
long to "zap" to bring it back to its perfect state.