If you need a pungent, warm spice to add into your dish, whether savoury or sweet, then add a few dry cloves. Generally, used as whole in rice dishes, cloves are dried flower buds of clove tree. Many people also grind the cloves into powder to use for adding flavour in sauces and meat. In baking, cloves are used along with nutmeg and cinnamon. Clove is also one of the ingredients for making masala tea. This warm spice will give your taste buds a combination of flavours, like sweet, astringent and bitter. Spice manufacturers use dry cloves for making spice mixes, like garam masala. Even after cooking cloves have hard texture, therefore are picked out of the dish.