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Cheap Eats: Five Great Doubles In Bed-Stuy & Crown Heights

It's hard not to love doubles, the handheld street snack that's as ubiquitous in Trinidad and Tobago as hot dogs are in New York: they're cheap, filling, healthyish, and open to plenty of recipe improvisation at the hands of skilled street vendors. Doubles are a sandwich consisting of two pieces (hence the name) of fried turmeric-spiked quick bread called bara and a filling of curried channa, or chickpeas, optimally laced with shado beni, a West Indian herb that's a stronger cousin to cilantro. Toppings include a vinegary Scotch Bonnet-infused hot sauce and tamarind chutney, and the harder to find (but equally delicious) cucumber or mango chutneys. More

A Sandwich a Day: Doubles at Ali's Trinidad Roti Shop

Not to be confused with the other two inferior Ali's Roti Shops in Brooklyn, Ali's Trinidad & Tobago Roti Deli Grocery in Bed-Stuy serves what are probably the best doubles ($1.25) this side of Trinidad. For a quarter of the cost of a Di Fara slice, you get a sweet and spicy chickpea curry that's flavored with tamarind and sandwiched between two disks of turmeric-scented deep-fried, naan-like bread known as "bara." More

More Doubles in Brooklyn

Photo: Brokelyn Yesterday, our Joe DiStefano wrote about the Trinidadian sandwiches called doubles, "two fried pieces of bara bread stuffed with channa, or curried chick peas." Brooklyn food blog Brokelyn has three suggestions in Bed-Stuy: A&A Bake and Doubles, Ali's... More

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