Place the bay leaves, cinnamon and cloves into the pan with the hot oil. When bay leaves darken and cinnamon starts to uncurl, add finely chopped onions, garlic, and ginger. Fry, stirring, for 10-12 minutes, until onions darken to medium brown. Lower heat and add coriander, cumin, and turmeric. Fry for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add yogurt and cook for another minute. Then add tomato paste and water and stir for another 2-3 minutes.