A YouTube famous Indian great-grandma died aged 107, after getting millions of hits from cooking a chicken inside a watermelon

Karre mastanamma

  • Karre Mastanamma found fame on the „Country Foods“ YouTube cooking channel, aged 105.
  • The great-grandmother died on Sunday, at the age of 107, her family announced on the channel. 
  • A video of her cooking chicken inside a hollowed-out watermelon has over 12 million views, and helped the channel to 1.2 million subscribers. 
  • The channel focuses on fresh, local cooked outdoors, and was run by her great-grandson, Laxman.

A 107-year-old YouTube famous Indian great-grandma died on Sunday, after launching a career as a YouTuber at the age of 105.

Karre Mastanamma starred in dozens of viral cooking videos, and racked up 12 million views for cooking a chicken inside a watermelon.

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The „Country Foods“ channel, which hosted Mastanamma’s videos, announced on Sunday that she had died.

The channel is run by her grandson Karre Laxman, and owes much of its success to a video with 12 million views, titled „WATERMELON CHICKEN BY MY GRANNY.“

Here’s the video, where the 107-year-old cooks chicken chunks mixed with spices, herbs, and vegetables, inside a hollowed-out watermelon over an open fire. 

Mastanamma doesn’t star in all the videos on the channel, but those in which she appears are the most popular. 

She grew up in a rural south Indian village in the state of Andhra Pradesh, The New York Times reported.

She married when she was 11 years old, and, according to The Times, was widowed at the age of 22, when the year would have been 1933.

They reported that she had no education and was left to care for their five children alone, while working as a laborer carrying rice sacks.

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Other famous recipes starring Mastanamma showcased on the channel include an „emu egg fry,“ „egg fried rice,“ and „tasty egg dosa.“ 

The channel was set up in 2016 and now has 1.2 million subscribers. The most recent videos are of her funeral, and emotional tributes to the chef and mother.

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