• Ingredients: 30
  • Serves: 8

Cracked wheat pilaf with canola oil, cloves, cinnamon stick, cumin seeds, bay leaf, ground turmeric, 3/4 small white onion, finely chopped, minced peeled ginger, chicken stock or reduced-sodium canned chicken broth, cracked wheat, kosher salt.


  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 3 cloves
  • One 1/2-inch pc. cinnamon stick
  • 3/4 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 3/4 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tsps. minced peeled ginger
  • 2 2/3 cups chicken stock or reduced-sodium canned chicken broth
  • 2 2/3 cups cracked wheat
  • Kosher salt



  • Juice of 1/2 lime, plus slices for garnish
  • 1 tsp. canola oil

For serving:

  • *Fried peanuts are available at Asian markets.


  • *If chervil is unavailable, fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves may be substituted. Extra chervil oil will keep, covered, at room temperature 3 days. Try it in salad dressings or drizzled over fish, chicken breasts, or steamed vegetables.

To assembl

  • Special equipment: two 12-inch squares cheesecloth

To smoke duck

  • 1 tsp. Darjeeling tea leaves
  • 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped

To glaze pears

To finish sauce and duck

  • Special equipment: wok with lid, heavy-duty foil, 12-inch round wire rack, 3-quart baking dish; instant-read thermometer


  1. Step 1 Heat the oil in a 3-quart saucepan over moderate heat until it shimmers and cook the cloves, cinnamon, cumin seeds, bay leaf, and turmeric (if using), stirring and shaking the pan, until the spices are fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Step 2 Add the onion and ginger and cook until the onion is translucent, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Add the chicken stock, then bring to a boil over high heat.

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  3. Step 3 Remove from the heat and let the pilaf stand for 30 minutes. Remove the cloves, cinnamon, and bay leaf and fluff the pilaf with a fork and season with salt to taste before serving.

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Nutrition information

Calories 269 Carbohydrates 50 g (17%)
Fat 4 g (7%) Protein 11 g (22%)
Saturated Fat 1 g (3%) Sodium 309 mg (13%)
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g Fiber 0 g (2%)
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g Cholesterol 2 mg (1%)