Shivina’s KitChen

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    Shivina- That’s Me!

I am a rising senior at Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA. I am very active in my school clubs, Relay for Life, DECA, Peer Support Group and, am the co-founder of Save Your Saviors, the organization which has helped the medical community during times of COVID-19 and continues to do so. I believe, well- my mom says that I was born with pots and pans in my hands as cooking is my passion as I love to be in the kitchen trying different cuisines.

 I aspire to be an entrepreneur one day, love Philz Coffee and Disneyland!

Magic Begins In My kitchen

Pots & Pans. Spoons & Ladles. Sugar & Spices. Butter & Oil.

Salad & Pasta. Pizza & Coke. Sandwich & Paninis. Tortillas & Beans.

Chai & Cafe Latte. Chocolate & Candy. Cakes & Pasteries.

What does the kitchen mean to me?

A place where relationships are made, bonds are created, non-stop chitter-chatter happens, and where families get to know each other at a deeper level.

A perfect place to be together, cook, eat, laugh, and sometimes pour out the most intimate secrets.

Want to make beautiful memories, flock in the kitchen with your camera, and take pictures/videos, a treasure box will be created forever.

My love for cooking

Let me share a secret with you, my favorite hangout place- My Kitchen!  Cooking and I go back a long time. Sometimes I feel I was born with pots and pans in my hand. The aroma of oils, flavorful colors of spices, the chop-chop sounds of cutting veggies, getting my hands in the dough, give me an innate sense of connection, and mindfulness.

COVID-19 was a kickstart for me to take a nosedive into my culinary skills. So much time in hand gave me a chance to try different dishes, a variety of cuisines, and be the chef of my house. I love being in control of the kitchen, cooking at any time of the day, and feeding my family. The sense of satisfaction is so amazing and that one positive comment makes me so elated. It has been a push and drive for me to keep working on my skills. Forever grateful for this opportunity and will continue to do so in the future.









Mother’s Day Special

Chocolate Mousse cake, Delgado coffee savored with powdered cinnamon in mom’s favorite gold-lined plate, rustic ceramic cup, and adorned with our backyards white rose flower.

Spicy element- I like moderate spicy food but love Cholula hot sauce

Oils- My favorite is organic olive oil from Trader Joe’s

Breads- Ciabatta and Danish Rolls, my most favorite

Chocolate Ganache Cake Sprinkled with Cinnamon and Chocolate Shavings

Iced Mocha Cold Coffee in Mason Jars

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

            Lemon Bars


       Strawberry Parfait

          Black Forest Cake

               Hot Chai

        Overload of chocolate wafers with sponge cake

    Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

       My Weakness- Watermelon

                                                                           What the metallic whisk taught me


                      My mom always says life has twists and turns, ups and downs but look at the end result, its the stronger and resilient you

Priceless Moments:

Making a peanut butter jelly sandwich for dad at midnight.

Frying avocado wraps, timer on exactly for twenty seconds on one side, flip and turn to the mark.

When I accidentally poured tons of cinnamon on the mousse cake, was so bitter that I had to remake it. A two-hour cake became a four-hour project!


Caffe Latte- Do not miss the authentic cup

                           Iced Dragon Fruit Chips Lemonade topped with Mint Leaves

                         Chocolate Brownies with Whipping Cream- made from scratch, a flavorful dessert I grew up with, and treat to the taste buds

The Asian in Me

Ingredients common to many cultures in the East and Southeast regions of the continent include rice, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, chillies, dried onions, soy, and tofu.

Make sure you try this flavorful cuisine. 

Making of Hakka noodles

Spices added, hot sauces galore

Cauliflower Manchurian loaded with garlic and spring onions

Ready to eat vegetable Hakka noodles

Vegetable Spring Rolls

Vegetable Sweet Corn Soup

The South Asian in Me

South Asian cuisine includes the cuisines from the Indian subcontinent. Foods in this area of the world are flavored with various types of chili, black pepper, cloves, strong herbs, spices, and often butter and ghee. Turmeric and cumin are used to make curries to add to the zestful flavors for the taste buds. 



Chaat with Tamarind and Mint Chutney


GolGappe as we call them, filled with Tamarind Chutney and Flavored Water

Cottage Cheese- Shahi Paneer with Nut based Curry Sauce

No Indian Food is possible without Green Chillies

Yes, I made these Besan ( Gram Flour ) Laddoos with mom’s help

Not to miss, Suji Halwa- A sweet delight

India Style Hot Coffee in mom’s favorite cup

Vada Pav with Mint Chutney and Pickled Red Onions

Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable biryani is an aromatic rice dish made by cooking basmati rice with mixed veggies, herbs & biryani spices. Traditionally Biryani was made by dum cooking marinated meat with basmati rice & spices. Making a vegetarian version becomes much simpler as the veggies need no marination.


Raiti is an Indian condiment made from salted yogurt (Dahi), mixed together with a variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs, and typically served as a side dish to help cool the heat of spicy Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi foods. It is similar to Greek tzatziki, a cucumber and yogurt dip or sauce.

Kaju Katli/Ladoo

Kaju Katli (literally “cashew slice”), also known as Kaju barfi, is an Indian dessert similar to a barfi. Kaju means cashew; Barfi is often, but not always, made by thickening milk with sugar and other ingredients (such as dry fruits and mild spices).

The Inter Continental in Me

What are intercontinental dishes? What comes to mind when we say intercontinental dishes’? If you answered ‘foods that are basically the same in different countries with slight regional differences’, then you are correct! The basic intercontinental dishes meaning is simply just that.



Spinach Dip

Avacado Rolls and Ciabatta Bread

Closer Look Avacado Rolls and Ciabatta Bread

Jumbo Penne Pasta with Home Style Cream Cheese

Barbecue Salad

Chipotle Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers and Home Made Abodo Sauce

Macaroni Salad garnished with peppers, sundried tomatoes, salt, black pepper, basil, and Cholula sauce

To feed the Homeless


Corn Salad with Avacado topped with salt, black pepper, basil and crushed red pepper


Vegetable Platter- Spinach Dip with Home Made Salsa

 Jalapeno Pepper with Cream Cheese and Fiery Cheetos

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone is a hearty Italian vegetable soup made with tomato/vegetable broth and pasta or rice. I’ve been working hard on this recipe and I’m so excited to share it with you. Minestrone was traditionally made to use up leftover vegetables, so feel free to use any seasonal vegetables and greens you have on hand.

Top it with croutons and a dash of Tabasco- yum!

The Mexican in Me

Mexico is among the countries with the best cuisine in the world. Mexican cuisine is characterized by flavorful ingredients such as corn, chili peppers, tomatoes, cocoa, and vanilla. Mexican food also has a reputation for being spicy. The food is an important aspect of the culture, social structure, and popular traditions of Mexico. Here are some of the most popular Mexican food: Burritos, Enchiladas, Salsa, Quesadillas, Tacos, 

Sneak Peek

Spicy Enchiladas

Spicy Nachos with Corn

Blender Lesson

You will be crushed and twirled around.

Rest assure you will come out more secure and positive to face all adversities.

Make your life vibrant and colorful.

Stay tuned. Lots of good stuff coming soon to soothe your palette and taste buds.

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