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A TRIBUTE: Top 5 Recipes Of 107-year Old Viral YouTube 'Country Foods' Chef Mastanamma Who Has Passed Away

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

One of the world's oldest YouTuber, 107-year-old Mastanamma from southern India, has passed away. She was shot to fame on the internet for her cooking, which consisted of local and unusual dishes made from scratch. Her YouTube channel, Country Foods, reflects more than a million subscribers with hundreds of cooking videos, including one on her iconic watermelon chicken.

The channel, managed by her grandson and his friend, launched in 2016 and became an instant hit. In her videos, she would often cook in an open field with minimal cooking equipment and cutlery. She would use nails to peel vegetables, and an old knife to chop them and once cooked, the food was served on a traditional southern Indian banana leaf.

From unique watermelon chicken to melt in mouth desserts, here are top 5 recipes from her 'Country Foods' You Tube that you should definitely try:

1. Watermelon chicken:

This was the recipe that made her a YouTube sensation. Presently, the video has more than 11 million views. In the video, Amma uses a fresh watermelon, removes the pulp from the fruit and cooks the chicken curry inside the 'Watermelon utensil'. Click here to watch the video:

(A still from her YouTube video)

2. Mastanamma's Chicken Drumsticks:

'Unique' is the apt word to describe the recipe as it is one of its kind. It has garnered more than 4 million views on YouTube. Amma adds a personal touch of her spices and uses a never seen before method to prepare the dish. Take a look:

(A still from her YouTube video)

3. Egg Dosa:

One cannot think well, love well and sleep well if one has not dined well. And in this video Amma shows that One doesn't need a silver folk to eat good food. Amma shows how Egg Dosa can be made easily from locally sourced ingredients. Click here to see:

(A still from her YouTube video)

4. Mysore Bonda:

Watch Amma prepare one of the most popular snacks originating in Mysore. A spicier version of medu vada is Mysore bonda – just as delicious. Mysore bondas are fried dumplings made with flour, yogurt and spices. They are crispy outside and fluffy inside. 

(A still from her YouTube video)

5. Amma's Jalebi:

When it comes to desserts, Jalebi takes the first spot. It's a melt-in-the-mouth Indian dessert that can best be described as funnel cakes. A street food sweet, jalebi is found across India  The video of Jalebi recipe from Amma's remote kitchen has gained a lot of popularity with 487k viewers. Take a look:

(A still from her YouTube video)