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
GARLIC NAAN A multi-layered bread flavored with garlic and cilantro
PESHWARI NAAN Naan filled with nuts, dried fruit and raisins
PARATHA Whole wheat multi-layered bread baked in the tandoor oven
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
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!
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.