So how can we add umami in the holistic kitchen, without resorting to chemicals or additives?
Here’s a partial list of foods (thank you UmamiInfo.com) that are known for this quality (and yes, it’s because they are high in l-glutamate):
• Kombu • Seaweed • Bonita Flakes • Tiny Dried Sardines* • Mackerel • Tuna • Cod • Prawns* • Squid* • Oysters • Shellfish*
• Tomatoes* • Shitake and Enokitake Mushrooms* • Truffles* • Soybeans* • Potatoes • Sweet Potatoes • Chinese Cabbage • Carrots*
So what does the photo of paella have to do with this post? I noted various options from this list of umami rich foods that are often (or could easily be) used in paella. No wonder it’s such a delectable dish!! And in The Holistic Kitchen, I'd throw in some seaweed for good measure to boost the fiber, minerals and color contrast. Even a vegetarian paella will still have plenty of umami rich ingredients in it and with soybeans and seaweed, all the protein one needs!