6-7 dots rangoli step by step images

A unique and tricky kolam - step by step tutorial 

The dot pattern is 7 dots 6 rows and 6 dots 7 rows. First place the 7 dots rows and then in the gaps place the 6 dots rows


Though it is small it is beautiful isn't it.


The first step shows the straight lines drawn as shown in the image below starting from the centre of the dot grid

The next step draw parallel lines to the previous lines connecting the respective dots


The next set of parallel lines starting from the image in the previous pattern in four directions as shown in the next photo


The next set of parallel lines in four directions perpendicular to the previous pairs of lines


The remaining dots are connected with curved lines


For further decoration we can draw lotuses or any other suitable patterns.  I have used lotus designs on all four sides.


A close up of one of the lotuses being drawn to show the position of the fingers for those who may need it.


This is also called biscuit kolam . At first sight this design may appear to be easy but it is likely that we may get stuck some where
so it is preferable to practice it a few times if possible on paper with pen or pencil and then try it on the floor with kola podi

The next kolam in this type is a sikku kolam ,  this can be drawn with bigger dot patterns also  I have chosen 6-7 dots for this blog post to match the tile !

It consists of repeated patterns - rhombuses outside four dots as can be seen from the thumbnail in the video below.  Again we have to focus and draw with concentration to get it right easily.


Coriander thokku or kothamalli thokku recipe

Kothamalli thokku - side dish for rice , idli dosa

We need coriander leaves .  I have taken four clusters of coriander leaves, tamarind , 


Separate the leaves from the stems .  The stems interfere in grinding and some of them may not get ground properly

Take shallots or onions an four cloves of garlic -  these are optional

Take five or six red chillies

Add tamarind

Add little water and wet grind them in a mixer


Heat oil in a pan , add mustard

Add the wet ground mixture of coriander leaves


Add turmeric powder - two spoons ( small as shown in the photo )

Add four spoons of dhania powder

Add little chilly powder since we have already added red chillies.  If we want more kaaram ( hot ) we can add more chilly powder


Heat it till the coriander leaves , onions and garlic get cooked.


Close with a little because the thokku usually sputters.


Once cooking is complete add salt

I add jaggery also , it gives an excellent and different taste.  However it is option.  The quantity is as shown in the image below.

Stir well for a few minutes and transfer to a dry container.


A very traditional recipe that can be used as a side dish for rice, roti or dosa 

How to put 4 kaal pinnal 4 kaal jadai

Naalu kaal pinnal | Naalu kaal jadai

This is a traditional hair style , beautiful and simple also.
The images below take us through the steps 

As usual take three plaits after combing the hair


Split the right side plait into two

Take one part to the left beside the centre plait

Next split the plait on the left into two and take one part to the right of centre



This process is repeated again and again till will we complete
As shown in the photo below " the two plaits on the right and left are split into two and one part taken to the other side "

These two photos below show the side view of the plaits being made

This shows the close up view

After completion.  Some call it the pooran pinnal in Tamil  ( pooran is centipede which has a large number of legs ) .

Indians traditionally wear long hair and this is one more simple hair style that can be tried.
Also as a bridal hair decoration or hair style for Seemantham or Valaikappu .

Jadi alankaram is also done for Varalakshmi Vratham and this can be one idea for Goddess's decoration

Yellow rose petal garland images

Yellow rose decoration using petals - we need yellow roses and craft thread. I have used golden colour to match with the colour of the flowers.


Remove the petals from the flowers gently.  Take four or five petals such that the outermost is the biggest.

Roll the petals as shown in the image

Tie a knot  around the petals as shown in the next two pics .  Bring the thread to the left side bottom as shown in the image below.


Using the fingers form a loop and insert the petals in the loop and pull the string to make the knot

Take the next set of four or five petals

Place them next to the first set of petals

Bring the string to the left between the first and second set

Again form a loop with string and tie both sets of petals together.  i.e the first and second.
When we place the third set of petals tie the 2nd and 3rd set of petals.

The top view of the petals as shown.  Make it as long as possible to make a garland.  Such garlands can be used for Pooja .  We invariably use yellow flowers for Guru on Thursday.  So we can make this yellow rose garland for images of Sri Raghavendra Swamy or Sai Baba or other Gurus in our Pooja room. It can also be used for Varamahalakshmi Habba decoration


Alternatively we can make a semicircular garland and use it for hair decoration - for bridal hair decoration for weddings or festivals like Seemantham and Valaikappu.