McDonald's to open vegetarian restaurants

The hamburger giant is opening a vegetarian McDonald's next to Indian pilgrimage sites in Amritsar and Katra. 'A vegetarian store makes absolute sense in these places,' says McDonald's India spokesman Rajesh Kumar Maini.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Step into the golden arches over in India and you won't find a Big Mac in sight. In areas where cows are sacred, McDonald's is respecting the beef-eating taboo by sticking to a vegatarian only menu: the McVeggie (with a patty made of carrots, peas and potato) a McAloo Tikki, (spicy mashed potatoes) and McSpicy Paneer (the traditional Indian cheese).

The first of these McVeggie fast food joints will be found in Amritsar, home of the famous Golden Temple, the holiest site of India’s Sikh faith, and in Katra, where many Hindus begin their pilgrimage to the mountain shrine of Vaishno Devi, which is the second busiest pilgrimage site in India.

Now that's a story to get your teeth into...

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