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 Uses of Bay Leaf, Tejpatta

  Last Updated : Jan 02,2019

7 Uses of Bay Leaf

Bay leaf is a leaf that is used in cooking mostly for its aromatic purpose. Bay leaves can be used fresh or dried for their distinctive taste and flavor. There are different types of bay leaves found and all of them are used in different types of cuisines.

1. Bay leaves can be used either Fresh or dried. They are used in cooking due to their distinctive flavour and cinnamon like fragrance that they impart to the food.

2. In Indian cuisine especially, bay leaves are used to flavor rice dishes like biryanis and pulaos. Here they can either be added to the masala paste with the rice or added to the raw rice to imbibe the flavor while cooking.  

3. Bay leaves form one of the main ingredients for the Indian Spice Powder, Garam Masala, that is mainly used in a lot of Punjabi cooking. 

4. In Indian cuisine, the leaves are also often used whole while tempering for vegetable dishes like subzis or even dals and removed before serving. Some dishes that use bay leaf are Paneer Makhani and Gujarati Dal

5. They can also be used to flavor the filling of certain snacks like kachori as they impart a strong flavor to it. 

6. The leaves are often used to flavour soups like tomato soup, or stews that are mostly Mediterranean. 

7. The leaves also flavour classic French dishes such as bouillabaisse and bouillon.


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uses of bay leaf

 by Tarla Dalal
Punjabi style paneer makhani | paneer makhani recipe | restaurant style paneer makhani | with amazing 29 images. paneer makhani recipe is a favourite with most people while eating out at any Punjabi restaurant! paneer makhani as the name suggests is a very rich subzi from the lap of Punjab and known as Punjabi style paneer makhani. This is a creamy gravy Punjabi style paneer makhani where paneer is cooked in tomato gravy. Punjabi style paneer makhani uses one of Punjabi cuisines most loved ingredients butter. In traditional Punjabi houses, the women folk make pure white butter from thick creamy milk. Paneer makhani is a sweet and creamy paneer based gravy dish, which falls under the category of main course dishes. As the name suggests, the gravy and paneer is cooked in butter. Punjabi style paneer makhani is a famous gravy dish, and is part of restaurant menus all over India and we have shown you how to make restaurant style paneer makhani . 5 out of 10 families definitely order restaurant style paneer makhani when out for a meal at a restaurant, so we have got you the recipe of restaurant style panner makhani at home. Soft paneer chunks are dunked into a rich tomato based gravy, a must try for all paneer lovers! Serve restaurant style paneer makhani with rotis or parathas. Enjoy Punjabi style paneer makhani | paneer makhani recipe | restaurant style paneer makhani | with detailed step by step photos.
 by Tarla Dalal
Gujarati dal recipe | Gujarati toovar dal | Gujarati tuvar dal | with 19 amazing images. With a characteristic sweet and sour taste, this traditional Gujarati dal recipe is quite reflective of Gujarati culture and uses the typical ingredients and spices. While Gujarati toovar dal is an everyday dal, it takes on a festive hue when ingredients like peanuts and yam are added to toor dal. For such grand occasions, the Gujarati tuvar dal is boiled over and over again to get the best flavour. Remember that the ideal balance of sweet and sour levels required for the success of this Gujarati dal recipe is an art that can be perfected with practice. Notes on Gujarati dal recipe. 1. If you prefer a thinner consistency dal then add water accordingly. 2. Add the jaggery, mix well and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, while stirring occasionally. It provides the necessary sweetness to the Gujarati dal. Also, you can add kharek which also provides a pleasant sweetness. Do try other traditionals dals like Dhansak Dal, Maa ki Dal and Char Dal ka Dalcha. Learn to make Gujarati dal recipe | Gujarati toovar dal | Gujarati tuvar dal | with step by step photos below.
 by Tarla Dalal
vegetable pulao recipe | quick pressure cooker pulao recipe | restaurant style veg pulao | with 15 amazing images. A rice delight that is loaded with veggies and flavoured subtly with a fine choice of spices, the Indian vegetable pulao is one dish that is famous all over the world. Within India too, it is so popular that there are umpteen versions of vegetable pulao, ranging from mild to spicy, and it is available in even tiny restaurants and roadside eateries! This vegetable pulao is a Quick Recipe and easy to make, but very tasty, with the added flavours of ginger, green chillies and garam masala. Prepare vegetable pulao as close to serving time as possible so that the flavours are fresh and strong.i Notes on vegetable pulao recipe. 1. For the Vegetable pulao recipe, we will first rinse the rice under running water. Wash until the starch runs out and you get clear water. This helps in getting separate rice grain after cooking. If you don't like your to eat your vegetable pulao plain, have it with Makhni Gravy or Kadhi. For more exciting pulao recipes glance through our collection of lunch pulao recipes. Enjoy how to make vegetable pulao recipe | quick pressure cooker pulao recipe | restaurant style veg pulao with detailed step by step photos and video below.
 by Tarla Dalal
cream of tomato soup recipe | Indian style cream of tomato soup | creamy tomato soup | with 20 amazing images. Cream of tomato soup is a tomato based thick soup which is probably the first choice as an appetizer to be had before the meal, when we go outdoors. This is a popular winter recipe in India. I love having cream of tomato soup on rainy days and it is my comfort food in soups. There are many variations to the cream of tomato soup and this is our Indian style cream of tomato soup version of it. The recipe is easy to cook, even a beginner can nail this recipe. We have made it using minimum of ingredients. To make creamy tomato soup, you need to cook tomatoes with half cup of water and whole spices like bay leaf and pepper corn, all the ingredients are cooked together and once cooked bay leaf is discarded. It is all cooled and blended in a mixer. Then we have added butter in a deep non-stick pan, add the plain flour and sauté. Add the prepared tomato mixture, 1 cup of water, tomato purée, mix well and cook. Also, add the sugar, salt, pepper and fresh cream, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes and turn off the flame. Our cream of tomato soup is ready to be served! Everyone in my family loves tomato soup and we also make it when we wish having something very light for dinner! Cream of Tomato Soup is a choice that perfectly pleases the Indian palate. A combination of tomato puree and freshly cooked tomatoes are combined with spices and blended into a rich soup, which is made all the more luxuriant by the addition of fresh cream. In addition, some easy tips and recommendations while preparing the cream of tomato soup recipe. I would emphasise to use ripe and juicy tomatoes and avoid raw or hard tomatoes. Ripe tomatoes would yield more creamy and coloured soup and with raw you may end up with bitter taste. Garnish tomato soup with fresh cream and serve hot with fried croutons. Enjoy cream of tomato soup recipe | Indian style cream of tomato soup | creamy tomato soup | with detailed step by steps and video below.
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