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Shivani Bakery brings an array of egg and animal-fat free delicacies

Shivani Restaurants are known for quality vegetarian food

Venkat Raman
Auckland, October 31, 2021

New Zealanders with a penchant for vegetarian bakery products will find themselves transported to a higher level of quality and purity at the recently launched Shivani Bakery, a division of the fast-growing Shivani brand.

The Shivani brand gets loftier

While Shivani Restaurants in Auckland (Mt Roskill and Papatoetoe) and Hamilton are known for their wide choice of vegetarian dishes, the Bakery is a welcome addition. It will add to the Diwali snack-wrack at home and office from this year.

While the Shivani Restaurants is the creation of Shivani Arora, who is popular in business, community and social circles, the Shivani Bakery is the creation of her creation- her eldest child- Son Abhinav Arora, who is keen to put into practice the academic and practical knowledge that he gained in New Zealand, Europe and Singapore.

Shivani Bakery has had an interesting birth. Like most good things, it was necessitated by Abhinav’s hunger for a good breakfast.

How the Bakery began

“I relentlessly tried to find vegetarian food to add to the taste of my morning coffee during Navaratri. The disappointment encouraged me to find a solution because I became that there will be thousands of people in my predicament. The desire soon became a project and with the right things done at the right time with the right people, Shivani Bakery became a reality.  The anxiety now is to maintain consistency in quality and supply and grow,” he said.

Having known Shivani and her husband Kuldip for more than 40 years (since our years in the Kingdom of Bahrain)- their children, Sons Abhinav and Pawan and daughter Sonam (who now lives in Tokyo, Japan with her husband and daughter) came later- I feel encouraged to believe that the Bakery brand will spread its flavour and endear itself to New Zealanders.

“Where? Why Not? How?”

These were some of the questions that Abhinav had to answer with the advice of his parents, decided to extend the already successful business in the food industry.

Shivani Bakery prides itself on preparing, supplying and retaining Eggless and Animal fat-free products.

Since its launch, customers, many of them with an endless taste for the unique package of bakery items, have taken to social media to express their experiences and feelings.

Nostalgia fulfilled

Their comments indicate that their nostalgia over treats is being fulfilled; treats such as Fruit Corn Biscuits (also known as Hyderabad Fruit Biscuits), Cream Rolls and Fruit Buns.

Shivani Bakery operates through the four branches of Shivani Restaurants.

Abhinav said that since the inception of the restaurant brand, the Arora family has been keen to create an instrumental ambience that would be influenced Indian architecture and awe-inspiring cultures.

“Our master chefs have a lot to offer you. If you are an avid aficionado of Indian delicacies, then it is time that you drop into Shivani Restaurant and perceive try and Bakery products as well. We are eager to serve you some of the lip-smacking meals, which we are sure will gain your acceptance,” he said.

Traditional ingredients

According to Abhinav, Shivani Bakery uses traditional herbs and spices affording the opulent aroma of the Indian subcontinent. Complimenting the quality preparations are the cordial staff ensuring quality time for customers, their family and friends.

“Our dishes are completely vegetarian and are available for in-house dining or takeaway. If you love desserts, Shivani Restaurants and Bakery offer an exotic variety of them. On special occasions such as Diwali, we prepare special items. Please ask us or visit our website. Our facilities at Mt Roskill and Papatoetoe are also available for private parties and functions. We build a positive environment of amity for you,” he said.

Shivani Restaurants have been established with the mission of serving pure and superlative foods from all parts of India to diners who prefer vegetarian. Following are some of the dishes, chaat, dessert and other items.

The Arora Family in 2010 at Sonam’s graduation ceremony: Pawan, Abhinav, Sonam, Shivani and Kuldip Arora

An extensive range

Hot Food: Chole Bhature, Makki Ki Roti and Sarson Ka Saag, Malai Kofta, Palak Paneer, Butter Paneer Masala, Range of Masala Dosa, Rava Dosa, Uthappam, Idli, Vada, Sambar, Manchurian Dishes, Fried Rice, Noodles, and Tandoori items; Naan, Roti, Parathas, Kulcha and others

Chaat (Indian Street food): Pani Puri, Dahi Puri, Sev Puri, Raj Kachori, Papadi Chaat, Aloo Tikki Chaat, Pav Bhaji, Bhel puri and more

Snacks: Samosa, Kachori, Dhokla, Bread Pakora, Paneer Pakora, Paneer Tikka, Spring Rolls, and other complimentary items

Sweets: Kaju Sweets including Kaju Burfi, Kaju Roll, Kaju Lemon; Khoya Sweets such as Khoya Burfi, Kalakand, Milk Cake, Mathura Peda, Pista Burfi and Chocolate Burfi Ghee Sweets: Boondi Ladoo, Pinni, Dhoda Burfi, Besan Burfi, Jalebi, Bengali Sweets, Rasgulla, Gulab Jamun

Confectionary: Gol Mathi, Methi Mathi, Tikoni Mathi, Chakri Murku, Meetha Para, Matar Para, Gurpara, Shakarpara, Sirni and Punjabi Ladoo

Cotemporary: Vegetarian Pizzas (using rennet-free, Pure Vegetarian Cheese), Vegetable Burger, McAloo Tiki Burger, Masala Corn and others

Food items prepared at Shivani Restaurant and Shivani Bakery do not contain onion or garlic. Jani options are available on request.

Abhinav Arora today

Tribute to the Aroras

Many years ago, Shivani Arora set high standards in culinary arts and service. It should be no surprise to see her passion continues to find reality throughout the brand.

She has always been dedicated to excellence and is clear about the level of quality required in the business. From a superette of which she was the owner many years ago to other entities (‘India Gate’ and Nando’s) she has demonstrated that a strong focus on marketing and sales, and good alignment in values with team are ingredients of success.

Her husband Kuldeep Arora has been a pillar of strength, support and understanding, guiding her through her ambitions with prudent management.

Abhinav Arora is proving to be the chip of the old block.

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