Cloves are nail-shaped dried flower buds that have a strong, pungent, and sweet flavour. They are used in many meat dishes, marinades, pickles and in many garam masalas. Cloves are used whole or in powder form.
In India clove oil is also used due to its medicinal value. Many Indians chew on cloves to relieve toothaches and it is used also as a mouth freshener after a meal.