Side kolam designs step by step images

Simple kite rangoli designs for Sankranti | Side designs for Diwali rangoli 

These are simple border designs drawn on either side of a kolam rangoli.  We can draw them independently also as separate rangolis.  Since they represent simple kite patterns we can draw them for that theme also.

The pictures show the step by step images.  The only tricks in drawing this rangoli is the straight parallel lines and connecting curved lines should be perfect.  Drawing curved lines should be done in a single  stroke so that  we get a smooth finish.  If we use many small line segments the thickness will vary and the joints are also visible. 


The long curved line being drawn in a single stroke.


The next curved line, long one being drawn in a single stroke.


We may have to adjust the length of the lines to ensure that the straight  lines to be connected are of equal length.  Otherwise we will not get the correct shape of the design.


The outer curved lines , smaller in length and hence relatively easy to draw.


Drawing the outermost pattern as shown by the position of the hand should also be done, neatly.


After this,  adding more designs to decorate further is left to our  creativity and imagination


The design is beautiful after completion.  It may be considered to represent a traditional kite also.

The same rangoli drawn with parallel lines.  Again the curved lines should in a single stroke to ensure continuity and smooth finish.  The picture below shows the position of the hand after completing the curved line in a single stretch.


The next long curved line.

Here also adjust the length of the lines so that the  top and bottom horizontal lines are almost of equal length .  This is necessary to obtain  proper shape of the design.



The kolam after completion.


This border can be used to decorate our colourful Diwali rangoli or Varalakshmi Vratham mantapsm.
I have stopped at the white rangoli pattern.  We can  add colours or we can draw the whole design in colours. 

Poha mixture at home kaise banaye

Diwali recipes and snacks - aval mixture or poha mixture |  Chivda 

Actually a simple recipe for Deepavali savoury or as a simple evening snack when we have guests.  It is liked by kids and  adults alike.  It has one more  strange use in our family.  It is a side dish for sambar rice or rasam rice.  
Also called chivda or chivda namkeen recipe in Hindi and Marathi.  This I learnt from one of my sisters and she lives in Mumbai.  .


Poha, peanuts, fried gram dhal, desiccated coconut in pieces, curry leaves, oil. mustard, green chilles, asafoetida, turmeric powder 

  • Let us take  thin flattened rice or poha also called Aval in Tamil  in a big cup as shown
  • For this big cup we need one cup each of peanuts, fried gram dhal and dry coconut pieces., some cashews and curry leaves.
  • For species we should add mustard, turmeric powder and hing.
  • Place a vessel on a stove and dry roast the poha till it becomes crisp
  • Add three spoons of oil and fry peanuts. The knob of stove is in sim position
  •  fry the cashews and desiccated coconut pieces in oil
  • Fry the fried gram dhal by adding  it to oil .  Remove it immediately to avoid overcooking.
  • We have to fry green mirch  till they turn white in colour
  • Next to  little oil, add mustard when it splutters add finely chopped green chillies .  These chilles also should become white in colour..
  • Sprinkle  asafoetida after all the ingredients are fried.
  • Finally add the poha or flattened  rice.  Turmeric powder is added now .  This is also to ensure that  turmeric powder is not over cooked.
  • Add salt as per requirement. I add  quarter teaspoon of sugar.
  • Mix all the ingredients thoroughly












How to make easy sweet appam recipe

Quick and easy sweet appam

  • This appam is prepared for Krishna Janmashtami as an offering or neivedyam to Lord Krishna in our family circles.. Usually prepared with jaggery,  I have done with sugar to make it easy to justify the title !
  • We need, one cup boiled milk, one cup sugar , one cup maida and cardamom seeds or elakkai powder .
  • Mix all the three , sugar, maida in milk.  Wait for around 10 minutes so that the sugar is completely dissolved in  milk.
  • Add cardamom powder ,  the image below shows what is correct viscosity of the batter to get perfect appams.
  • Heat the stove > When oil is hot turn the knob on the stove to sim position
  • the batter is poured in hot oil using a ladle or spoon.  
  • When  the appam becomes brown turn to the other side .  This ensures that it gets cooked evenly and completely.
  • One important point to be noted is that we should  fry the appam one by one otherwise they will stick together in the oil
  • This  can also be a easy evening snack when guests arrive suddenly.
  • Children will also love it because it is soft and sweet. 
  • The only problem we may encounter is that there may be uncooked batter in the appam if we do not fry completely..
  • This is a  sweet so no particular side dish is required
  • We prepare it on Sri Jayanthi
  • Mixing of ingredients should be  thorough to avoid presence of solid particles in the batter




The traditional method is to use wheat and  jaggery instead of  maida and sugar.  Substituting the former two with the  latter two is what makes this jaggery easy to make so that even beginners can prepare easily.

Most difficult rangoli designs steps thru images

Decoration idea for festivals like  Ugadi , Varamahalakshmi Habba 

Drawing double line kolam where the lines are distinctly visible comes with practice.  Drawing two lines of different colours simultaneously without the colours overlapping and smudging needs lots of concentration and confidence and these come with practice.  So I have placed this kolam in the category of a difficult kolam .  These challenging kolam can be drawn  before the golu for Navrathri .


The first two pictures show how the colours are picked


How to hold the colour in the index and middle finger

Draw the triangle.  Draw with confidence then we will get it perfectly.


Star is drawn with two inverted triangles.

Draw the side lines



Connect the longer lines






This star kolam also is a difficult design though small we need loads of concentration .  No wonder some say that drawing kolams is like meditation.  After drawing the star and the six lines near the six edges connecting the lines with more  lines as shown in the steps is tricky and we are likely to miss occasionally.  So this design drawn with double line , double colour may be categorised as a very difficult kolam design. 

Many viewers on YouTube and Facebook ask me the secret of perfection.  The answer is simple.  It is just practice I remember a world renowned sitar vidwan telling us that if he did  not practice for one day he  was aware of it , if he did not practice for a few days the accompanists became aware of it,  he concluded by saying that if he did not practice for a few weeks the audience would know it !

Easy rangoli with dots for Diwali thru images


The dot pattern is 16 dots 2 rows then 14 to 2 on either side.

The design is created with only straight lines connecting the dots


The outermost dots are connected with step like formation


The next layer of dots are connected


The centre simple pattern is as shown


Connect the central pattern to the outer step like design with squares


That leaves 4 dots in 4 places.  This we can connect with any pattern according to our imagination.  I have converted them into spirals with dots decorating the periphery.


The next image shows how shading technique is done. To save time I have only shaded portions of the rangoli

More colours to enhance the beauty


This very simple rangoli reminds us of a game we used to play during summer holidays .
One person draws a line connecting two dots ,  the other person does the same anywhere on the dot grid.  It continues till all the lines are converted into boxes .  Whoever completed one box wrote his name or initial inside .  After completing the game we used to count to find out who had more boxes and that person won.  We used to repeat this game in a notebook endlessly.  Those were the days without mobile phones.  We had our old notebooks called "rough note books " or the incomplete note books that were used for this game.  Using a pen or pencil we used to spend afternoons playing this indoor games till the evening.