McDonald's Goes Vegetarian & You'll Never Guess What It's Serving!

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mc aloo tikiThere will be no Big Mac at the two newest McDonald's restaurants in India. And no McNuggets. Nope. The chain is opening up its first vegetarian restaurants. You heard that right, McDonald's -- vegetarian! Did you ever expect to see those two words put together?

It is so happening. The chain in India is already beef- and pork-free to appeal to Hindu and Muslim customers (while serving up specialties like the Chicken Maharajah Mac). But since the two new restaurants are near religious sites McDonald's decided to appeal to super-observant pilgrims and go full-vegetarian. What will they serve instead?

Veggie burgers, for starters. McDonald's India serves something called the McAloo Tikki burger, made with a mashed potato patty. There's also the McEgg -- basically a fried, sunny-side egg on a bun with red onion and what appears to be a yogurt sauce. Not your typical Egg McMuffin. And there's the Pizza McPuff, a vegetable and cheese pastry that looks to me like a giant samosa (not sure where they're going there with the "pizza" but I guess why not bring Italy to the party?) 

Wouldn't it be cool if they offered these sandwiches in the U.S. -- even if just for a limited time? I think restaurants are at their best when they're working under limitations and catering to local tastes. And I KNOW there are plenty of vegetarian fast food fans here. (Hello, my brother, circa 1998, living on French fries...)

McDonald's isn't the only fast food chain doing an Indian twist on their menu. Check out KFC's Indian menu -- "street" food, rice, and what looks a lot like a frozen mango lassi. But I doubt they'll go vegetarian any time soon. I mean... it's a chicken place. I'm sure other fast food chains will be watching to see how the vegetarian restaurants do in India, though.

Would you try any of McDonald's India's vegetarian foods?


Image via McDonald's India


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Nolanzo Nolanzo

The short answer: Hell YES! I'm a huge fan of Punjabi cooking... this is so intriguing! I am hugely disappointed that it wont be available to try in good ole' NY :-)

bills... billsfan1104

omg, its so funny that you posted this.  I was watching on the travel channel about our fast food restaurants in other countries and howthey tailored the menu to fit the religious tastes or the palate of that country.  Some of the stuff looked really good and I was wondering why they dont do that here.  They have one McDonalds that gave you a lare french fries a bag and a seasoning to shake on the fries.  I thought that it sounded so good. 

PonyC... PonyChaser

i'm not a big fan of Indian food, but I'd give it a try. You never know what you'll find that you like. And for the record, I've gotten Veggie Burgers at several BK restaurants over the last 5 years or so. They make it just like a whopper, except with a veggie patty instead of beef. It was a name-brand veggie patty, too... the popular one whose name I can't remember! Not Boca, the other one....

jessi... jessicasmom1

bleek bleek blah no thanks

rhps2000 rhps2000

I would be leery since I had tried BK's veggie burger once. It really hurt my tummy. Went back to my own Boca burgers.

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