During my first week here I saw a commercial for the “McAloo Tikki Burger”; one of the vegetarian items on the McDonald's menu. I told myself that when the opportunity presented itself, I would try one. That opportunity came up the other day when we were at the mall.
I placed my order for the McAloo, along with an iced tea and potato wedges…all which were on the ‘Happy Price Menu’. This menu is equivalent to the Dollar Menu in the United States, but cheaper. My entire order came to 75 Rs, or $1.69 USD. Not bad. The McAloo Tikki Burger on the other hand was. Well, it’s not that it was really bad, it was just bland.
What, exactly, is a McAloo Tikki Burger? It’s a burger made of potatoes (aloo), peas and spices served on a bun with tomato, onion and a vegetarian mayonnaise. I have no idea what is in the mayonnaise, I can only assume that eggs are not.
Will I try it again? Never say never, but probably not. What else could one expect to find on the McDonald's menu? Here’s a little taste:
Rectangular shaped crust that is topped with a creamy sauce, mushrooms, and vegetables including broccoli, baby corn, and red bell pepper. It is baked until the crust is crisp and the toppings are hot and bubbly.
Rectangular shaped crust, but instead of a creamy sauce, it’s flavored with a tomato-based sauce and topped with carrots, beans, bell peppers, onions, peas and mozzarella cheese.
“Paneer Salsa Wrap”
Small slab of paneer (cheese) dredged in a coating that is a cross between Mexican and Cajun in flavor. It is fried and then wrapped in flatbread and topped with a salad mixture that includes lettuce, red cabbage and celery, then finished with vegetarian mayonnaise, salsa and cheddar cheese.
Patty made from peas, carrots, green beans, red bell pepper, potatoes, onions, rice, and seasoning on a sesame seed bun; garnished with lettuce and mayonnaise.
A vegetarian patty topped with a creamy Schezwan sauce and lettuce.
“Chicken McCurry Pan”
Same as its vegetarian version, it starts off with a rectangle of dough and is topped with a tomato-curry sauce, spiced with thyme, basil, and oregano, then finished off with chicken, bell peppers, and cheese and is baked until crisp and bubbly.
The Indian version of the Big Mac is made with 2 grilled chicken patties and is topped with onions, tomatoes, cheese and a spicy mayonnaise. It was originally made with lamb but is now made with chicken.
A thin grilled chicken patty; embellished with cilantro mayonnaise, onions and tomatoes and served on a toasted bun.
This is a new item. It consists of a mutton patty, onion and Italian mayonnaise.
What’s that you ask, “Where’s the beef?” There isn’t any; or any pork for that matter. Cows are sacred to Hindus and Muslims are forbidden from eating pork; so nixay on the bacon cheeseburger. Another thing about McDonald's over here; because a large percentage of Indians are vegetarian, the preparation of the vegetarian items are done in a separate area from the meat. In fact, the cooks preparing vegetarian dishes wear a distinctive green apron.
Can you guess where I’ll be driving through when I visit the states next month? You got it; right through those golden arches.