This 106-yr-old Telugu grandmother has become a global celebrity chef!

“Mastanamma, who lives in AP’s Guntur district, cooks on an open wooden stove in the middle of paddy fields. Her traditional, rare recipes are the reason the granny has lakhs of followers on YouTube.

Curated: Huffington Post

With a cotton sari as her uniform and an open paddy field as her kitchen, Mastanamma isn’t your usual celebrity chef. Yet, the grey-haired great-grandmother from Andhra Pradesh has become an unlikely YouTube sensation thanks to her traditional cooking techniques.

Mastanamma is the star of a nine-month-old YouTube cooking channel called Country Foods, with over 2.5 lakh subscribers from within and outside India. Though she has no birth certificate to prove her age, Mastanamma says she is 106, which makes her possibly the oldest YouTube star in the world.

Mastanamma, who lives in the remote Gudivada village in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district, was introduced to the world by her Hyderabad-based grandson K Laxman and his friend Srinath Reddy last year. “After a few months, we went to Laxman’s village, and visited his grandmother,” Reddy told HuffPost India. “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.”

Besides the food, the videos are peppered with humour and anecdotes from her life. In one video, she talks about ­being teased by two brothers in her village in her youth. “One guy touched my hand and I threw him into the river. His brother asked me to save him, I said how dare he touch me! Finally, I saved him,” Mastanamma says with a toothless smile. “From then, nobody teased me again.”

Mastanamma’s repertoire includes emu egg fry, chicken with sorrel leaves, chicken biryani cooked in smoked bamboo, curries made with lamb intestines, quail eggs, goat legs, lamb head and even beef paya. Most of the videos show traditional recipes, but Reddy and Laxman K. have even asked her to make her version of a chicken burger and KFC chicken. Her most popular video, “Watermelon chicken,” has had close to 66 lakh views, and shows her roasting chicken in a watermelon shell. At the end of each video, she lovingly serves the food to her children, grandchildren and others working in the paddy fields.

She also gets messages from fans in the US, UK, UAE and even Pakistan. This month, they even sent money and gifts for a small birthday celebration for Mastanamma’s 106th birthday. Among them was a sari and a greeting card sent by a fan from Islamabad, Pakistan.

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