New Delhi, Nov. 25 -- What if you were told that adding umami to your home-cooked dishes, from a fluffy egg scramble for breakfast to a late-night chocolate treat, is really simple? You might be surprised to hear that the key component has flavours that range from gentle and subtle to strong and assertive, and is as readily available as any number of spices you already have in your cabinet. That substance is powdered mushrooms.

A fantastic method is to dry fresh mushrooms and powder them. During dehydration, a "deep umami flavour" emerges. And while you can buy farmed mushrooms in a number of kinds year-round in grocery stores and online, there are many more intriguing varieties that are only available during certain times of the year. T...