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Exotic LAND: Lindsey Miller explores Mattancherry on Tuesday.
Exotic LAND: Lindsey Miller explores Mattancherry on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The aroma and flavour of the Indian dishes that she had during her childhood in the United States have persuaded Lindsey Miller to explore Kerala when she grew up.

Thus began her journey to Kerala and she reached here during the first week of November.

After partaking of the food and trying her hand at making it, Ms. Miller is now thinking of making a significant decision in life; to move to Kerala forever.

Ms. Miller, an English teacher in Japan, met those at Thani Illam, the ancestral home of novelist Malayattoor Ramakrishnan, at Perumbavur, which was converted into a heritage home stay.

At the home stay, she took her lessons in the traditional vegetarian cuisine of the State and tasted a variety of Kerala dishes. She was also given lessons in making puli inchi and lemon pickle.

Of all that she made and tasted here, what tickled her taste buds most were olan and coconut chutney.

“Going back, I will try making a few dishes for myself and later, I may come back to Kerala,” she said.

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