Hi Everyone! It's Jamila here :)
It's been a while since I last updated the blog with a recipe. Last month was quite busy prepping for the launch of the June Box! It's Caribbean American Heritage Month here in the U.S & this month's box is LITERALLY packed full of items to create quintessential Caribbean dishes. You can explore what's in the box in our blog post here or shop the box now. Sign up for a monthly subscription and save. Or if you'd like to try for just 1 month you can purchase a 1-Time Box!
Comment below if there is anything that you'd like to see in our upcoming boxes (We plan out our boxes months in advance :))
Since we've been so busy I didn't have a lot of time to cook. Luckily our mom (Marva) came to spend some time with us in Florida and she really helped us a lot!
On the agenda was making home made doubles using the CHIEF Doubles Bara Mix. We've had a few of our Callaloo Box friends test & the reviews have been mixed. The main comment is that the instructions on the package aren't clear on how much water to add to the mixture & the actual process for preparing the bara for frying.
DISCLAIMER: We have never made bara before! LOL
Luckily our mom is AHMAZING with anything flour related so really added that expert touch.
We also have received customer feedback concerning the usage directions on the Bara Mix package and have forwarded these comments to the manufacturer.
TIP: Start with 1/4 cup of warm water and knead into the mixture. We found that the mixture still needed water so we kept adding little by little until the consistency was soft but not too sticky. We used A LOT of oil in the mixture and on our hands as well.
Let stand for about 30 mins
Watch the full video here
We didn't have the CHIEF Duck & Goat curry in stock as yet. So we used regular CHIEF curry powder & CHIEF geera.
(Update: the CHIEF Duck & Goat curry is now available in the Callaloo Grocery here)
Some pics of the channa.
Next it was time to make the bara. We decided to press them out on an oiled plate. And we didn't roll them out too thin.
Frying time! One bit of feedback is that the package should also include how to fry the bara.
All done. The package yielded about 6 doubles or 12 individual bara. I think that if we rolled it thinner we could have gotten more. But we were really satisfied with our end result!
VERDICT! The mixture resulted in a VERY authentic tasting bara. It was light & fluffy.
We turned this into a doubles brunch! It's such an great idea if you have friends over for a lime (get-together) or even a party!
However you can shop the whole line of condiments in the Callaloo Grocery here!