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Cracked Wheat Pilaf

Experience the warm, comforting flavors of the Mediterranean with this easy and delicious Cracked Wheat Pilaf recipe.

April 9, 2023
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 25 mins
Total 40 mins



  1. Rinse the cracked wheat with cold water and drain.
  2. Put the oil in a heated pan and add the finely chopped onion. Add the diced peppers and tomatoes after the onions get pink and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add hot chicken stock and black pepper, and add cracked wheat when it is boiling. Cook at a slightly hot temperature until the cracked wheat is tender and the liquid is absorbed.
  4. After cooking, remove the pan from the heat. Place a towel napkin on it and allow it to infuse for 15 minutes.
  5. Fluff the pilaf with a fork. Season it with salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Cracked Wheat Pilaf
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 3 mg1%
Sodium 709 mg30.8%
Potassium 177 mg3.8%
Protein 5.9 g11.8%
Total Fat 1.8 g2.3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Choose the right cracked wheat. Look for high-quality, cracked wheat that is fresh.
  • Rinse the cracked wheat in cold water before cooking to remove any dust or debris.
  • Toast the wheat. Before cooking the wheat, toast it in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes. This will help enhance the nutty flavor of the wheat.
  • Use broth instead of water. Cooking the cracked wheat in broth instead of water will add more flavor to the dish. Use a flavorful broth, such as chicken, vegetable, or beef broth, instead of water to add more depth of flavor to the pilaf.
  • Add fresh herbs and spices. To add more depth of flavor to the pilaf, sauté some onions, garlic, and spices like cumin or coriander in the pot before adding the broth and wheat.
  • Don't overcook the wheat. Keep a close eye on the wheat while it's cooking and remove it from the heat as soon as it's tender. Overcooking the wheat can make it mushy and ruin the texture of the dish.
  • Before serving, add some chopped fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice for a bright, fresh flavor. You can also top the pilaf with toasted nuts like almonds or pine nuts for added texture.
  • Let it rest. Once the pilaf is done cooking, let it sit covered for a few minutes before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld together and the wheat to absorb any remaining liquid.
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Cracked wheat pilaf, also known as bulgur pilaf, is a traditional Middle Eastern dish made from cracked wheat, onions, garlic, and a flavorful broth. The combination of tender, nutty cracked wheat with aromatic spices and herbs creates a satisfying and healthy meal that is both easy to make and incredibly delicious.

Looking for a delicious and healthy side dish? Try this cracked wheat pilaf. It is the most practical presentation of cracked wheat, which is both healthy and satisfying with its fibrous structure.

What Is Cracked Wheat Pilaf?

Cracked wheat pilaf, also known as bulgur pilaf, is a Middle Eastern dish made from cracked wheat that has been toasted. It is a nutritious and delicious dish that can be served as a side dish or a main course.

To make this pilaf, cracked wheat is cooked with onions, garlic, and a flavorful broth. It is generally seasoned with a variety of spices and herbs, such as cumin, coriander, and parsley. It can be served with vegetables, nuts, and dried fruits.

It's a versatile and nutritious side dish that can be served alongside grilled meats and roasted vegetables or eaten as a main course with a side salad. It is the most preferred type of rice because it is economical and delicious.

How To Serve Cracked Wheat Pilaf?

Cracked wheat pilaf can be served as a side dish or a main dish. Serve cracked wheat pilaf alongside grilled chicken, lamb, or beef or roasted vegetables like carrots, zucchini, or eggplant.

Toss the pilaf with chopped fresh herbs, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and a lemon and olive oil dressing for a refreshing and healthy salad. Serve the cracked wheat pilaf alongside a dollop of Greek yogurt for added creaminess and a cooling contrast to the spiced pilaf.

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How To Store Cracked Wheat Pilaf?

To store cracked wheat pilaf, allow it to cool to room temperature. Then transfer it to an airtight container. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you want to store it for longer, you can freeze it for up to 3 months.

How To Reheat Cracked Wheat Pilaf?

To reheat cracked wheat pilaf, you can use either a microwave or a stovetop.

Stovetop: Place the cracked wheat pilaf in a saucepan or skillet. Add a splash of water or broth to the pan to help moisten the pilaf as it reheats. Cover the pan with a lid or aluminum foil. Heat the pan over low to medium heat, stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the pilaf is heated through.

Microwave: Place the cracked wheat pilaf in a microwave-safe dish. Add a splash of water or broth to the dish. Cover the dish with a microwave-safe lid or plastic wrap. Microwave the pilaf on high for 1-2 minutes, depending on the quantity and desired temperature. Check the pilaf and stir it with a fork to distribute the heat evenly. Continue microwaving in 30-second increments until the pilaf is heated through.

Reheating the pilaf may dry it out. So you may need to add a little extra liquid and fluff it up with a fork before serving.

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