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When I was a kid, one of the first things my mom taught me how to make was a hot cup of chaya (homestyle tea). It was like a rite of passage…and an invitation to her colorful, spice-filled kitchen. The most exciting part back then was daringly pouring the steamy, caramel-colored goodness from one steel cup to another so I could cool it down and get that classic, frothy texture to sit atop the tea. It’s a recollection of my childhood every time I do it. That same magical feeling still shines through my recipes, both new and old. There’s just nothing like creating a dish so full of evocative flavor and love. It’s what gives me joy and the inspiration to share this experience with you every day! It’s something I hope offers you adventure, a little piece of home, and maybe even something a little familiar. 


Welcome to my home. The Familiar Kitchen. A first-generation food blog by me, Ann Ittoop. 

Latest Posts

  • Did you know you could use the seeds of a jackfruit to make delicious meals? That's precisely what I used to make this Jackfruit Seed and Raw Green Mango Curry, otherwise known as Chakkakuru Manga Curry. Never had jackfruit seeds?

  • You know, I started to write out this recipe and told myself I'd make it a simple chicken parm sandwich however, a few ingredients and steps later, it turned into this grown-up Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich. This Spicy Fried Chicken

  • When I lived in Charlotte, NC, there was once Thai restaurant I'd visit often. For family birthdays, lunch special meetups with my best friend, and sometimes just to order my favorite seasonal dessert, Mango Sticky Rice. The one dish I'd

  • I've been dreaming about this Kerala Shrimp and Grits recipe. How I could create a true ode to my double Southern roots. See, I was born in North Carolina with a love for Bojangles biscuits and sweet tea, but also

  • You know, as a kid I wasn't really crazy about uppumav. The sweet, salty, spicy crumbly and steamy plate my mom would serve with a banana had my tastebuds going wild. But the older I get, the more I find

  • With its nostalgic, bright red color, tangy tamarind flavor, and perfect level of heat, this classic Kerala Red Fish Curry recipe is truly a pot of joy. 

  • My all-time favorite South Indian food combo is these cripsy-edged appams paired with a ladle full of tangy, sweet chicken curry poured on top of the pillowy center. Growing up, this was my breakfast. My brunch. Our special occasion table special

  • One of the simplest South Indian side dishes to make is a thoran, which is a vegetable-based side dish made with a few spices and fresh grated coconut.

  • I never thought I'd make a cake that would call for about 50 Oreo cookies in the recipe, but here we are. And, I don't regret the decision at all. This, what I am deeming, The Ultimate Oreo Bundt Cake

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