Bay leaf, commonly known as Tejpatta in India, is a sweet-smelling leaf from the evergreen bay laurel tree, native to the Mediterranean. It is the majority broadly used in cooking and preparing perfumes. The Indian bay leaf is essentially a three veined leaf which is elliptical, smooth, pointed and tough. These leaves are spicy and contain a sharp, bitter taste. Their taste and fragrance are somewhat like the cinnamon bark but slightly milder. They are utilized in fresh, dried or powdered form.