I remember being back in post-secondary school and the first time I encountered the term doubles, I was completely confused. Here’s how the conversation went:
Friend: Do you want doubles?
Me: Double what?
Friend: No, doubles.
Me: Uh, yes?
Exactly! So when said friend brought me one to sample, I realized it was in reference to a West Indian snack.
Doubles are constructed with two pieces of fried dough (bara) that are round and flat. It is then filled with a chickpea (channa) curry filling and sandwiched together. It’s salty, spicy and messy to eat, but it’s a tasty snack for on-the-go. Unlike aloo pie, the dough in doubles is made with tumeric which is what gives it that yellow hue.
In the end, the term doubles didn’t come out of nowhere. According to Wikipedia, it was based on a man that originally sold these as chickpea curry with a single piece of bara. However, he had so many requests for two pieces that it eventually became double the pieces of bara – hence doubles. 🙂