In Indian cooking, bay leaf is usually used as a whole dried leaf during the tempering of a dish be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian. It is an essential ingredient during the preparation of the famous Biryani.
Bay leaf leaves are strong and contain a sharp, bitter taste. Their flavour and aroma are somewhat similar to the cinnamon bark but slightly milder. Clean or dried bay leaves are utilised in cooking for their distinctive taste and fragrance. The flavour is strengthened with the length of cooking time.