Shivani’s Kitchen

Founded in 2014 by Shivani Dhamija, who moved to Nova Scotia in 2011 to be with her partner Abhishek Asthana. She moved here with a Diploma in Public Relations from Fanshawe College to pursue a job here. She tried various media and public relations companies but had no luck.  She’s a very independent person who doesn’t give up easily – so while waiting for her dream job she started working wherever she could find work.  She worked at MacDonald’s as a cashier, volunteered at the Lung Association of Nova Scotia and then as a front desk person at the Canada Games Center

It was while working at the Canada Games Center that a friend of Indian origin told her that an Indian trucker friend she knew was missing home-cooked food and wanted someone to make food for him to take on his trips. He was Shivani’s first client and helped launch Halifax’s first packaged Indian Meal Delivery Service!

In 2018, we got the opportunity of a lifetime, something we have always dreaded and tried to stay away from, a restaurant!! We opened our takeout restaurant in 2018 in the Seaport Farmers Market. This gave us a space to produce, and retail our products. We got a tandoor, and our own space to do cooking classes.  Most importantly, it brought us closer to our extended family, you. It is here, where we honed our skills, experimented with new products, and matured. 

It was here that we sensed a need for people to be able to recreate our restaurant’s food in their home and hence we launched our Ready to Use Sauces.  We realized people have very busy lives and still want a delicious authentic meal.  So, you save time (up to 30 minutes) – and just have to add veggies or a protein and your authentic dish is ready!

Just like our Spice Blends, our Sauces contain only the ingredients you really need and nothing more!  Our Ready to Use Sauces are salt-free, gluten-free and have no preservatives. We use only fresh ingredients from our local farmers for our Ready to Use Sauces. 

Shivani closed the door to her restaurant at the Seaport Market the end of August 2020 to focus on her new venture – Food Production Plant!   Located in The Station Food Hub at the Newport Station in West Hants, Nova Scotia! 

  “I’m excited about our Food Plant and it will help keep up with the demand for our Spices and Sauces!” 

As of today, we are on the shelves of many retail stores throughout Atlantic Canada and the United States and restaurants and cafes in HRM. If you are a restaurant, cafe, farm market, and/or grocery store we would love to hear from you! And we’re in the News!