Roasted buckwheat groats--called "kasha"--lend this pilaf a nutty flavor. Kasha is available in the kosher section of most grocery stores. Serve this side, which provides about 10 percent of daily fiber needs in one serving, with roasted duck.
Heat oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until onion is tender.
Add broth and next 5 ingredients (through bay leaf) to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Discard bay leaf. Fluff with a fork; stir in pecans and pepper.