1) Puree first 5 ingredients in food processor until smooth.
2) Add olive oil to hot large pan and stir in puree for 2 min. Stir in dry spice mix and cook until fragrant, 2-5 minutes.
3) Add sausage, tomato sauce/paste + water and stir to blend well. When bubbly add balsamic and stir again to blend. Turn heat to low and simmer while preparing cabbage.
4) Heat a large pot to med-high and melt lard. Add minced garlic and stir to coat. Immediately add cabbage and stir to coat. Cook, stirring frequently until cabbage softens and brightens a bit. If you like your cabbage caramelized, stir less frequently, but be careful not to burn.
Serve sauce over cabbage, garnish with Kalamatas, and NOM NOM NOM!