Trinidadian Doubles

Trinidadian Doubles

You can find this trendy street food all over Trinidad & Tobago. The garbanzo bean dish is served on two, overlapping small flatbreads, hence its name “Doubles”. The real deal comes from the toppings. Obligatory is a fruit chow. It’s sour, sweet, salty, and hot at the same time. If you can spare the time, also make the green seasoning for the cucumbers. 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 3


Shopping list

  • 2 cans garbanzo beans rinsed, (15.5 oz each)
  • 1 can pineapple chunks drained (keep the liquid), 20 oz
  • 1 bunch cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 English cucumber grated
  • 8-16 Flat bread of your choice (e.g. naan or Mexican tortilla)
  • 5 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1-3 lime for juice
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Doubles Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] cumin, amchoor, turmeric, yellow mustard, curry leaves, fenugreek, onion, ginger, coriander,  cayenne, cilantro, garlic, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon 
  • Pouch [2] Scotch bonnet pepper


Pineapple Chow

  • In a BOWL, mix the pineapple chunks with 1/4 cup cilantro and half of the garlic.
  • Add to taste: pineapples can liquid, lime juice, Doubles [2] spices, and salt. Mix well.
  • Cover and let rest for 1/2-2 hours.


  • In a large POT, 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add the shallots and half of the garlic.
  • Fry over medium heat until the shallots turn translucent.
  • Add the garbanzo beans and Doubles [1] spices. Mix well.
  • Add 1 1/4 cup of water and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Mash some of the beans with a fork or potato masher.
  • Add 1 tbsp cilantro.


  • In a PAN, quickly reheat or fry the bread with some oil or heat the tortilla without oil.


  • Serve the beans on flatbread, topped with pineapple chow, and cucumber.
  • Enjoy!


  • Substitute pineapple with mango,
  • Substitute cilantro with parsley or chives.
  • Substitute some beans with ground meat.
  • Prepare a cucumber chutney with our online recipe.