Our Story

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 Post Graduate 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 launched Halifax's first packaged Indian Meal Delivery Service!

We initially called our company Home Made Tiffin but couldn't get the name registered.  Finally, Shivani realized there shouldn't be anyone with her name selling Indian food.  She applied to get Shivani's Kitchen registered, and the rest is history!

Taking a chance Shivani created a Facebook page publicizing her Meal Delivery Service and got a tremendous response.  Then a second opportunity arose.  People tried her food and wanted to learn to cook Indian Food.  Our second line of business (Cooking Classes) began in 2015. People absolutely love our cooking classes! We still have our cooking classes but because of COVID19 we've had to pivot and delay! 

In 2015, we ventured out and joined the Farmers' Markets.  Our first one was the Spryfield Farmers Market. We realized that meeting our clients and getting direct feedback became the roadmap to success!  Shivani's Kitchen products are now found at the following Farmers Markets: (in alphabetical order)

Annapolis Royal Farmers MarketAvon Community Farmers MarketKentville Farmers MarketNovelea Farmers MarketTantallon Farmers Market

If you're a Farmers Market and are interested in working with us, please reach out to us.

We continued to increase our visibility from 2016 to 2018  going to more Farmers' Markets and trade shows. Our cooking classes grew so much that we moved from our home kitchen to a commercial kitchen in downtown Halifax.

Shivani focused on quality from the very beginning.  That is why even today our Spice Blends have no fillers like garlic or salt and are gluten free.  Just the spices you need!

In 2015, we ventured out and joined the Farmers' Markets.  Our first one was the Spryfield Farmers Market. We realized that meeting our clients and getting direct feedback became the roadmap to success!  Shivani's Kitchen products are now found at the following Farmers Markets (in alphabetical order). 

Annapolis Royal Farmers MarketAvon Community Farmers MarketKentville Farmers MarketNovelea Farmers MarketTantallon Farmers Market

If you're a Farmers Market and are interested in working with us, please reach out to us.

We continued to increase our visibility from 2016 to 2018  going to more Farmers' Markets and trade shows. Our cooking classes grew so much that we moved from our home kitchen to a commercial kitchen in downtown Halifax.  A huge leap of success happened when our Spices were accepted by Pete's Frootique and Sobey's.  

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. Got a tandoor, and have our own space to do cooking classes. Most importantly, I brought us closer to our extended family, you. It is here, where we honed our skills, experimented with new products, and matured. 

Shivani's Kitchen has always been environmentally conscious which was even more evident here, we don't use straws, most of our takeout containers are compostable or recyclable. We use paper bags instead of plastic bags for packaging our meals.

It was here that we sensed a need for people to be able to recreate our restaurant's food in their home and hence launched frozen sauces. We chose to freeze them so that we wouldn't have to add preservatives to it and just like the spice blends the sauces would have only those ingredients that you really needed and nothing more.

Supporting Local Businesses

We strongly support local producers and that is why our Biryani and Desi Chicken Curry use local chicken from Shani's Farms and our frozen sauces use 100% Nova Scotia onions from Noggins.

As of today, we are in (alphabetically) Bedford Basin Farmers MarketHennigar's Farm MarketLocal SourcePete's Frootique & Fine FoodsSobey's, and a few restaurants and cafes in HRM. If you are a restaurant, cafe, farm market, and/or grocery store we would love to hear from you.

Supporting entrepreneurs

All this while Shivani has been talking to other entrepreneurs, especially women and immigrant entrepreneurs because she knows about the struggles that they may have to face. She strongly believes that the success of Nova Scotia and Canada lies in its people.