Bay leaves are dried leaves that are added to a meal (either shredded or whole) because they impart a rich, spicy aroma to the dish. However, this is an ingredient that must be used in moderation because the leaves cannot actually be eaten. After they have added the required flavour, you need to remove them from the food. East End Bay Leaves can be used to flavour a variety of meat casseroles or soups or goulash. They are extensively used in Indian cuisine to flavour both rice and curries.