Author Archives: Nadia Hashimi

When The Moon Is Low

I couldn’t be more pleased to have my second novel, When The Moon Is Low, coming out July 21, 2015.  You can pre-order the e-book or hardcover now and have at least one book ready for your summer reading.

When the Moon Is Low is the story of an Afghan family beset by tragedy as Kabul comes under brutal Taliban control. Fereiba finds herself the responsible for her family’s survival and makes the painful and perilous decision to escape Afghanistan with her three children. As the family traverses unwelcome borders and inches across Europe, Fereiba’s adolescent son becomes separated from them. As they struggle to reunite, they float through the dark world of Europe’s undocumented refugees, murky immigration laws, and human trafficking.

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Migrants make up a substantial percentage of the world’s population. Most nations are ill equipped to handle the masses arriving on their shores. It’s created an ethical and logistical dilemma around the world. I’ve found it intriguing and enlightening to think not only on what to do with migrants, but also to consider what these individuals have left behind and what they’ve lost along the way.

New Mom’s Sweet Walnut Soup – Letee By Humaira Ghilzai

Below is a shared blog post from my friend, Humaira Ghilzai.  She’s a dynamic social entrepreneur and quite the foodie.  After the recent birth of my son, I was craving this traditional drink and asked her if she had a recipe for letee.  This post is delicious in all ways…please do try it and check out her website for other scrumptious recipes.  Thanks, Humaira!

Afghan Culture Unveiled Blog

A hearty congratulation goes to my friend, Nadia Hashimi, for her beautiful new book, her new bundle of joy and her new career as a writer. Thank you for including my recipe in your blog.

Staying on the topic of newness, today’s recipe is an Afghan delicacy, letee, traditionally served to new mothers. Letee is considered a warming food that promotes healing, better metabolism and increased supply of mother’s milk.

In Afghanistan, the birth of a baby is a special occasion consisting of many celebrations such as: naming of the baby on the sixth day of his or her life, 40th day party when the mother and baby are finally allowed to leave the house, baby’s first hair cut and steps.

When my daughters were born Jeja, my mom, was not only instrumental in helping Jim and I take care of the little bundles of demand, she also prepared three meals a day with simmering hot bowls of letee, as a nourishing snack. I still fondly remember those days, me as a nervous new mother and Jeja, a reassuring force – bonding over food and the addition of more girl power in our family.

New Mom’s Walnut Soup


4 cups hot water

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 stick or 4 tablespoons of butter

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon cardamom

Dash of cinnamon

1/2 cup roasted, chopped walnuts or almonds

2 cups room temperature water

In a small pot, add four cups of warm water, stir in the brown sugar until it dissolves. Keep warm on low heat.

Place a deep non-stick pot on medium heat, melt butter, add flour and stir constantly for around 8 minutes until the flour is golden brown.

Gently pour the syrup in the large pot while stirring steadily with a whisk. As you add the water, a surge of steam will rise from the pot, be careful not to burn your hand. Add the cardamom and cinnamon; stir constantly until soup thickens. Reduce heat to low, add walnuts, continue stirring. Simmer for another minute.

Add 2 cups of cold water stirring until all the lumps dissolve and the soup thickens, around 3-5 minutes. The soup should have the consistency of a crepe batter. Serve in a bowl, topped with chopped nuts and a side of pita bread or nan.

Huffington Post Live: After Elections, What’s Next For Afghan Women?

On May 15, 2014, Nadia participated in a panel discussion on Huff-Post Live moderated by Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. Other panelists included Manizha Naderi of Women for Afghan Women and Esther Sharma, a maternal health expert working in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s elections are supposed to secure greater rights for women in the country. But how far will they? HuffPost Live speaks to Afghan women in the country and in the U.S. to discuss self-emancipation and human rights.

BookPage Interview

Nadia was interviewed by for a Behind the Book piece titled: “For Afghan Girls, a Glimpse of Freedom Comes at a Price.”

Born in America to Afghan parents, author Nadia Hashimi grew up hearing her parents’ stories of the thriving Afghanistan they left in the 1970s. But when she finally visited decades later, she found a struggling country that bore little resemblance to their memories—especially in the way women were treated. Because of the increasing restrictions on female freedom, the custom of bacha posh, the practice of dressing a daughter as a son, has become common. Hashimi’s first novel, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, traces that modern tradition back to its possible origin, a time when women dressed as men to guard the king’s harem. Here, the author explains how these two cultural flashpoints inspired her debut.