The bay tree is indigenous to Asia Minor, from where it spread to the Mediterranean and then to other countries with similar climates. The upper surface of the bay leaf is shiny, olive green, and lower surface is dull olive to brown.
It is also known as Tejpatta in Hindi. Some other names are Tejpat, Tamal Patra. In Spanish it is known as Hoja de Laurel.
Some recipes with Bay Leaf you can try are:
Malai Bell Pepper Mushroom
Mushroom Dou Pyaaza
Punjabi Style Dum Aloo
Vegetarian Mushroom Lasagna in White Sauce
Classic Russian Borsch
Punjabi Pindi Cholley
Kathal Ki Biryani
Gatte KI Kaddhi