Hey! My name is Ann Ittoop and I am a South Indian/American South food blogger.

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Hey! My name is Ann Ittoop and I am a South Indian/American South food blogger. Growing up as a second-generation Indian-American, I got the chance to experience the best of both food worlds, oftentimes on one plate! I have a firm belief there is literally magic in the cooking process. That’s why most nights you’ll find me in the kitchen. I’m there always testing and creating new recipes that stem from my wild imagination. And I’m there searching for the familiar memories of my childhood. I started The Familiar Kitchen to not only help myself find this magic, but for those seeking a way to find their own magic. Join me on my adventures through cooking classic Kerala-inspired dishes, some of my Southern favorites, and all the recipes in between.

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  • he inspiration for my Kerala Sunset Cocktail I've been living in flashbacks lately. Flipping through old family photo albums (remember those?) and reminiscing. One of the collections of photos I paused a lot through was of my last time in Kerala.

  • It's summer (I think?) and July 4th is just around the corner. What an unexpected year it has been, but just another reason I like to let food, like these Spicy Cashews, transport and take me to the places I

  • Did y’all ever watch the painter Bob Ross on PBS back in the day? He was so calming and peaceful. I was always mesmerized by his “happy little trees.” If he didn’t like how a stroke hit the canvas, he

  • Need a break from making banana bread? Try out my recipe for Banana Bonda! This crunchy, lightly sweet treat is a very popular snack in Kerala. In fact, my mom told me this was one of her favorite things to

  • After going back and forth between different rice varieties, lentil variations, and fermentation methods I've finally come to a dosa recipe that creates a crispy and tangy flavor. 

  • Sambar is made many different ways. In fact, different districts within South India all seem to have their own variation. From the types of vegetable used to the spice blends, the combinations are vast. 

  • The colder months always call for something warm and cozy and that's exactly what these Salted Chai Donuts with Spiced Coconut Cream Drizzle offer. The sweet spices of green cardamom, fennel, and ginger bring together a welcoming hug of snuggly

  • Those foods that you make for special events every year, like this Kozhukatta recipe, are my favorite. That is to say, because every year you grow with the process. Maybe in your first year of making kozhukatta, the dough will

  • Chai (or chaya as we say in Malayalam) is one of my favorite things to enjoy on the regular, but lately I'm trying to cut down on dairy. After a lot of testing, I'm so excited to introduce my new