PALAK PAKORAS Fresh spinach fried in a batter of green chili, curry leaves, spices, chickpea flour and rice flour to a crispy texture

VEGETABLE SAMOSA Hand made pastry triangles stuffed with mildly spiced potatoes and green peas. Served with tamarind and mint chutney

MIRCH PAKORAS Hot green peppers dipped in chickpea flour batter and then deep fried. Served with mint and tamarind chutney

CHOWPATTI RAGADA Potato patties topped with curried chickpeas, tamarind, yogurt and mint chutney. Garnished with cilantro. A Bombay beach treat

CHICKEN PAKORAS Strips of boneless chicken marinated with ginger, garlic, chili paste and spices and deep fried. Served with mint chutney

SAMOSA CHAT Samosas topped with masala chick peas, mint and red pepper chutneys, garnished with onions and cilantro

PAPADUM Indian lentil wafers, served with mint-cilantro chutney

CALAMARI PORICHACHU Fresh calamari dusted with curry flavored chickpea and rice flour batter. Served with mint and tamarind chutneys

IMILY BAINGAN Fresh sliced eggplant deep fried and topped with raita, tamarind and mint sauces. Garnished with cilantro

PANEER PAKORAS Strips of fresh paneer cheese dipped in a mildly spiced chickpea batter and then deep fried.


DAL SHORBA Lentil stew finished with cream, herbs and spices

MILAGU RASAM Pepper flavored tamarind based clear soup, garnished with chopped fresh coriander


RICE Basmati rice flavored with spices


RAITA Made with yogurt and cucumbers,
mildly spiced


NAAN A light bread baked in the tandoor oven

GARLIC NAAN A multi-layered bread flavored with garlic and cilantro

PESHWARI NAAN Naan filled with nuts, dried fruit and raisins

PUDINA NAAN Naan flavored with fresh mint

ONION KULCHA Naan stuffed with onions

PARATHA Whole wheat multi-layered bread baked in the tandoor oven

POORI Whole wheat, deep fried puffed bread


TANDOORI CHICKEN SALAD Spring mix, cilantro and tandoori chicken breast served with raspberry vinaigrette dressing

SPINACH AND GRILLED PANEER SALAD Baby spinach leaves, tandoori grilled homemade cheese, slivered almonds and raisins tossed with raspberry vinaigrette dressing

TANDOORI SALMON SALAD Spring mix topped with tandoori roasted salmon garnished with cherry tomatoes and chat papri bread crumbs and tossed with a light Caesar dressing

TANDOORI SHRIMP SALAD Large tandoor grilled shrimp served atop a bed of spring mix, cherry tomatoes and chat papri bread crumbs and tossed with a light Caesar dressing

18 percent gratuity added for parties of 6 or more.


From the plains of Punjab to the Malabar coast, the techniques, spices, seasonings and natural ingredients of Indian cooking have been refined over thousands of years, resulting in a cuisine unlike any other. Mela Indian Restaurant offers authentic North and South Indian dishes as diverse and vibrant as the peoples and regions of India.

-Anoop Krishnan, Owner


Mela Indian Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Come find out why Mela was recommended by the New York Times and voted Western North Carolina's Favorite Restaurant and Best Indian Restaurant for 2008!

Open seven days
Lunch buffet
11:30 am-2:30 pm
5:30-9:30 pm or later

* Full bar *
* live entertainment *
* catering *
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DIRECTIONS: From I-240 East: take Exit 4C (Haywood St.), turn left onto Haywood St., turn left onto Walnut St., turn left onto North Lexington Ave. From I-240 West: take Exit 5A (Merrimon Ave.) onto Elm St., turn left onto ramp, turn left onto Broadway, which becomes North Lexington Ave. Ample parking is available in lots directly across the street and one block north of Mela.

(828) 225-8880
70 North Lexington Avenue Asheville