Place the water in a large saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Cook the rice according to the directions on the package.
In another saucepan add the butter, spices, and lemon zest and cook over medium heat until butter and spices are combined. Stir into the rice and continue to cook on very low heat for 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat, and gently stir in scallions, almonds, pine nuts and raisins. Season with salt and pepper, then turn the rice out onto a large serving tray. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and a scattering of parsley. Enjoy!