Bay Leaves Dried Whole – 25g


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Product description

Bay leaves are oval-shaped leaves from the Bay Laurel tree. They have a warm and pungent aroma with an aromatic and slightly bitter flavour. They are used in a wide variety of cuisines from around the world, from European to Indian and everything in between.

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Flavour Notes:

Bay leaves are oval-shaped leaves from the Bay Laurel tree. They have a warm and pungent aroma with an aromatic and slightly bitter flavour. These are 100% Australian-grown Bay Leaves that are harvested at their peak and sun-dried to lock in their flavour and aroma.

Culinary Notes:

Added whole into dishes to impart their savoury, aromatic, herby flavour, and removed just before serving, these this wonderful herb adds a delicious flavour to so many dishes. Australian Bay Leaves are grown, harvested, dried, and processed all on home soil. Only one or two leaves are needed to enhance a whole roast, a pot of soup, or stew. Dried leaves are less bitter than fresh & have a sharp pungent aroma.

Health Benefits:

Bay leaves are a good source of vitamins and minerals. They have mild diuretic qualities and are used to improve digestion. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and magnesium.


100% dried Whole Bay Leaves

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other names or spelling:

Bay Laurel, Poet Laurel, Roman Laurel, Sweet Laurel, Wreath Laurel, Defne Agaci, Laurus nobilis

How to use

  • Add 1-2 bay leaves whole while cooking and remove before the dish is served
  • Use to cook stews, soups, stocks, and marinades, as well as a variety of other dishes
  • Dried bay leaves can be used 1:1 for fresh making them super-convenient when you don’t have a bay tree on-hand

The Spice People FAQs

Yes, dried bay leaves can be a substitute for fresh bay leaves in recipes, although the flavour may be slightly dimished. As a general guideline, use one dried bay leaf for every two fresh bay leaves called for in a recipe.

Dried bay leaves should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, away from moisture and direct sunlight. Proper storage will help preserve their flavour and aroma for an extended period.

The amount of dried bay leaves used in a recipe will vary depending on personal taste preferences and the specific dish being prepared. As a general guideline, one to two bay leaves are typically sufficient for most recipes. Remember to remove them before serving the dish.

The Spice People FAQs

Simple or smoke paprika along with cayenne pepper is the best alternative. Paprika tastes similar to Kashmiri Chilli, while cayenne paper adds to its spice.

Dried Kashmiri chilli is more flavorful than hot, ranging from 1,000-2,000 Scoville Heat Units. It’s mildly hot but not too spicy.

These spices are different. Paprika is the sweet cousin of Kashmiri chilli specific to western cuisine. Kashmiri chilli popular in Indian cuisine and is hotter than paprika.

Place the Kashmiri chilli under the sun for two days. When the chillies turn crispy, grind them in a food mill. Cool down the powder and store it in an airtight jar.

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Country Flavours

This subtle and artful balance provides the perfect flavour foundation for creating the best Malaysian food with the addition of salty hits from dried anchovies and shrimp, up to ten different soy sauces ranging from salty to sweet, puckering sourness from tamarind pulp, and sweetness from palm sugar and coconut milk. Cook your own authentic Malaysian Cuisine with our Malaysian spices online and explore our catalogue of beautiful recipes you can make with this spice blend.

History & influences

Arab traders brought spices from the Middle East, European and British travellers introduced produce like peanuts, pineapple, avocado, tomato, squash and pumpkin. During their time on the Malay Peninsula, the Chinese developed a distinctive cuisine known as ‘Nonya’, resulting from blending Chinese recipes and wok cooking techniques with spices and ingredients used by the local Malay community. The dishes are tangy, aromatic, spicy and herbaceous, and the signature dish is none other than Malaysia’s famous spiced noodle soup – Laksa.

What is Malaysian cuisine

As important as the rendang recipe itself is to Malaysian cuisine, what to serve with beef rendang is arguably just as imperative. Whether making the traditional beef version or a slightly lighter chicken, vegetable or fish, the rich flavour and intense texture of a rendang requires a perfect balance of freshness and tang when it comes to entrees and sides. Salads like Fresh Cucumber & Peanut and Sweet and Sour Cucumber & Pineapple Achar provide the perfect disruption to the bold, rich spices of the rendang and soothe and cool the palette alongside fluffy steamed rice and flaky golden roti bread. Entrees served at meal times in Malaysia often feature Nasi Lemak – their national dish, or Malaysian Chicken Satay to whet the appetite ready for the main event. Traditionally, the best Malaysian food is finished with an after-meal drink of Kopi Tarek ‘sweet coffee’ or The Tarik ‘sweet tea’. These are combined with condensed milk and water, and the coffee or tea drinks are ‘pulled’ by pouring vigorously between jugs to create a frothy consistency. To read more about the flavours of Malaysia and the traditional accompaniments to an authentic Malaysian Rendang, Click Here to check out our blog post.


Malaysia is also known for its growing and production of spices, namely cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and cloves. These spices are known as ‘rempah empat beradik’, meaning the four siblings as they are found throughout most Malay dishes. These are sold separately or as a handy blend often under names like ‘seafood curry spices’ or ‘meat curry spices’. Paired with other aromatics like kaffir lime, galangal and lemongrass (locally grown and imported) these four spices produce the complex and fragrant base flavour and aroma famous for Malaysian cooking.  As diverse as the people themselves, every aspect of Malaysian cuisine is a combination of sweet, sour, rich and spicy, combined in a way, unlike any other country’s cuisine.