Great-granny a cooking sensation on YouTube

Madam Mastanamma shows how to prepare dishes such as chicken briyani and emu egg curry on her YouTube channel Country Foods.
Madam Mastanamma shows how to prepare dishes such as chicken briyani and emu egg curry on her YouTube channel Country Foods.PHOTO: YOUTUBE

A 106-year-old woman from India has become an Internet sensation, thanks to her endearing cooking tutorials on YouTube.

Madam Mastanamma, who hails from a remote village in Andhra Pradesh, has a channel called Country Foods, which now has about 330,000 subscribers.

The channel shows her preparing dishes ranging from egg dosas and chicken briyani to emu egg curry and watermelon chicken.

The great-grandmother cooks her food using firewood and other natural fuels, measures ingredients by sight and uses her nails to peel vegetables.

Country Foods' YouTube channel is managed by Madam Mastanamma's great-grandson, Mr K. Laxman, and his friend.

"One night, my friends and I prepared some food for ourselves and we thought about starting a YouTube channel, so people could watch and learn from these cooking tutorials," television channel India Today quoted Mr Laxman as saying.

"Our first video went viral, surprisingly. That was when I decided to run this channel, to get people to know and understand the traditional way of cooking with fresh ingredients, with the help of my great-grandmother."

Mr Laxman added: "She didn't understand what was happening when we were filming the videos but when she started to realise it, she felt very happy."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2017, with the headline 'Great-granny a cooking sensation on YouTube'. Print Edition | Subscribe