You can find snake gourd, fresh, during summer months, in your local Asian grocery or frozen in any Indian grocery, year round. While there are many ways to cook it, we usually cooked it with coconut and sesame, yellow split pea or with yogurt.
2-3 snake gourd
1-2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste
Pinch of turmeric
Red chili powder as preferred
1-2 tbsp shredded coconut
1-2 tbsp sesame powder
a few curry leaves
a little chopped cilantro to garnish
Slice the snake gourd into thin rings and transfer to an oven safe dish. Toss with olive oil, salt and chili powder.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Meanwhile, toast sesame seeds in a pan till lightly golden. Process in a food processor or blender or coffee grinder till processed into powder.
Bake sliced snake gourd rings for 30 minutes. Add curry leaves, shredded coconut and ground sesame powder. Toss and roast for another 10-15 minutes.