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Old 07-25-2013, 08:15 PM   #1
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What's the deal with these Bay leaves?

Bought these today in the import section of a grocery store. Had bay leaves labelled on the bag. They were with other spices like masalas, cardamom, cumin, etc, so I am guessing Indian type bay leaves. They are huge and don't smell like the regular smaller type we get here typically. One buck for a fairly large bag. Anybody familiar with this???

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Old 07-25-2013, 08:22 PM   #2
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Answered my own question...Read on....Ingredient Spotlight: Indian Bay Leaf | The Kitchn
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Answered my own question...Read on....Ingredient Spotlight: Indian Bay Leaf | The Kitchn
Neato. I'll have to look for that next time I'm at the Indian market.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:00 PM   #4
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Neato. I'll have to look for that next time I'm at the Indian market.
No Frills spice section
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:17 PM   #5
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They look good, love Indian stuff
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No Frills spice section
Is No Frills a store? We don't have any here. There is "Singh Farm", not too far. There is also an Indian Grocery/depanneur on Gouin, not too far.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:20 PM   #7
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Indian curry leaves are wonderful for cooking Indian dishes and curries
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I got some dried ones of those a few years ago--made a very nice blend of curry-like powder with those. Roch--I picked up a bay tree at the Richmond Nursery (south on Eagleson) a few years ago. I think I paid around $10-15 for it. I put it out on the deck in the summer, in the house in the winter. It doesn't need much care--I mist it about 1x per week and make sure it is watered, in a sunny window. I love using fresh bay leaves.
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Not something I've ever been able to find, I'm very jealous!
I've seen a lot of recipes where it's just dropped whole into the curry sauce and supposedly really adds to the flavour.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:56 AM   #10
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That's tulsi, "Indian bay leaves", a relative of cassia (cinnamon). Other than being a member of the laurel family it bears little resemblance to Mediterranean bay leaves. Substitute cassia leaves, cassia buds, or a bit of cinnamon.

Curry leaves are totally different:

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