If you are thinking “native American”, this recipe probably wouldn’t raise an eyebrow. But we’ve long since stopped calling Native Americans “Indians”. No, the name of this dish refers to the Asian sub-continent of India. And that may be even more surprising. The cow is considered sacred by most Hindus. That makes beef taboo in all but two Indian states: Goa on the west coast and Kerala at the southern tip of India. There you will find it sold in restaurants. But in the rest of India, you’ll have to seek out international restaurants catering to Western customers who simply can’t live without their beef.
|Sacred Cow in front of McDonald's...|
|Behold the Maharaja Mac|
Where, I wondered, does that leave McDonald’s? There are over 250 McDonald’s in 12 Indian cities and not one Big Mac to be found in any of them. Instead the offerings are limited to the McVeggie—bread, peas, carrots, potatoes, Indian spices, lettuce and Mayo on a sesame seed bun. The McChicken is self explanatory. The Filet o Fish sounds exactly like the one at home. And what is the Big Mac equivalent? Two browned chicken breasts, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese on “ Sesame bedecked bread buns”. Top of the line, it’s called the Chicken Maharaja-Mac. And it costs just 60 rupees. That’s 1.30 cents. So what’s with Whole Foods “Indian Pot Roast”?