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10 Unusual Items from McDonald's International Menu


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The McVeggie
An Indian holy man sips a drink at the opening of the first McDonald's in New Delhi in 1996. If you're wondering what a beefless McDonald's menu would look like, head there to find out.
An Indian holy man sips a drink at the opening of the first McDonald's in New Delhi in 1996. If you're wondering what a beefless McDonald's menu would look like, head there to find out.
AP Photo/Ajit Kumar

Where's the beef? You'll soon notice there are no beef burgers at McDonald's in India. For Hindus, who make up about 80 percent of Indians, killing cows and eating beef are against religious rules. But in McDonald's, as in the rest of India, that makes room for plenty of vegetarian food. You can try the McVeggie -- a rice, bean and vegetable patty that McDonald's treats predictably with breading -- or the McAloo Tikki -- a potato-vegetable burger.

In Indian cuisine, vegetables are typically spiced and sauced, wrapped in pancakelike dosas or ground into balls and sauced again, but not really compacted into burgers. We understand if you've gotten sick on the water and need to stop for an iceless soft drink, but otherwise we remind you that there's much to see beyond the golden arches in India, like the white marble arches at the Taj Mahal.