Step 1Mix the currants, vinegar, oil, thyme and garlic. Season with a generous amount of pepper. Let stand at least 4 hours before serving.
Step 1Toast the pine nuts in 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a small skillet over low heat until lightly browned, 2 minutes. Watch them carefully; they burn easily.
Step 2Cook the onions in oil until golden, stirring often. Add the rice and cook, stirring, an additional minute. Add the water and season with salt, pepper and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook covered over low heat until the water is absorbed, 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit undisturbed for 10 minutes. Stir in the rest of the ingredients with a fork. Transfer to a serving bowl or platter and garnish with seasoned currants.