You can use a coffee grinder to grind the bay leaves. Do not forget to use a fine mesh strainer and strain the dust.
Chop some ginger and add it along with sugar (1 tsp) to a saucepan. Add water (2 cups),bring it to boil. Make sure to keep stirring till the sugar dissolves. Add the bay leaf, simmer over medium heat, until the mixture thickens & reduces to about 1 1/2 cup. Add some lemon juice.
Whole Dry Bay Leaf
Go with dried bay leaves over fresh ones for culinary use. That is because the fresh ones have a minty flavor, which does not go well with many ingredients. Always ensure to remove the leaf before serving.
Taking the whole leaf is unsafe, as it remains intact while passing through the digestive system.
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