Sorry about the bad pun... I was making a great red rice salad today from the Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special. The recipe called for currants, but my local grocery store didn't carry them, and since it was Independence Day, I couldn't go roaming around Maryland looking for dried tiny little grapes.
Instead, I just chopped the organic raisins I had into tiny little pieces. It worked great, and it's a less expensive ingredient.
Currants are actually a type of raisin made from the zante or champagne grape, so flavor-wise, the recipe shouldn't change too much.