Heat the oil in a pan and gently sauté the onion for 2 minutes. Add the rice, thyme and cinnamon stick and 2 cups of water and bring to the boil. Cover the pan, reduce the heat and cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is completely cooked through. Remove the cinnamon stick and stir through the almonds, raisins, lemon juice and zest.
Note : Purple rice is a Fair Trade product new to Australia. It's a combination of jasmine and black rice. Pretty to look at, purple rice is rich in flavour and more dense in minerals than ordinary polished white rice. For stockists visit www.alterego.com
Makes 4 servings