Indian Bay Leaf, Tejpatta (Cinnamomum tamala)

Indian bay leaf | tamaala | तेज पता | cinnamomum tamala

What is Tamaala (ತಮಾಲಾ) – Tamaala (ತಮಾಲಾ) is the Kannada name for Indian Bay Leaf (Cinnamomum Tamala). Tamaala translates into a “pungent leaf”. Tamaala or the Indian Bay leaf is used commonly as a spice and tastes more like cinnamon, but milder, and is indeed the leaf of the Cassia (Cinnamomum tamala) tree.

Apart from spice, Tamaala (ತಮಾಲಾ) has several health benefits too. Burning Indian Bay Leaf is said to help fatigue, varicose veins, painful joints, and viral infections.

It also  helps by calming the nervous system and boosting mental activity, as well as strengthening immune systems. Culinarily, Indian bay leaves are quite different having a fragrance and taste similar to cinnamon (cassia) bark, but milder.

Read more: Health Benefits of Tamaala (ತಮಾಲಾ)

Tamaala (ತಮಾಲಾ) Cinnamomum Tamala is thought to have been one of the major sources of the medicinal plant leaves known in classic and medieval times.

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