NEW DELHI, May 17 — Meet Mastanamma, arguably the world’s most unlikely YouTube sensation.
The non-nonsense great grandmother from the remote Gudivada village in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district is the star of a YouTube cooking channel called Country Foods, which highlights her considerable skills at traditional cooking.
Although she has no birth certificate to prove her age, Mastanamma says she is 106.
Initially, Country Foods was set up by her Hyderabad-based grandson K. Laxman and his friend Srinath Reddy last year to showcase simple recipes that bachelors can prepare, Reddy told NDTV.
It had little traction until Mastanamma came along. The nine-month-old YouTube channel now has over 300,000 and counting subscribers from all across the world.
Reddy was quoted as saying to Huffington Post India: “After a few months, we went to Laxman’s village, and visited his grandmother. She cooks so well and has a very different, traditional style of cooking. That’s when we decided to shoot her. The response was great — everyone liked her style.”
Videos feature Mastanamma preparing local Andhra Pradesh delicacies such as egg dosas and bamboo chicken biryani as well as unusual dishes such as omelette in a tomato and watermelon chicken all from scratch!
Click on the video below to watch Mastanamma cook her signature brinjal curry. To see more of Mastanamma in action, click here.