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Film the bottom of a straight-sided 12-inch sauté pan with oil and set it over medium-high heat.
Once hot, add the carrots, cabbage and onions. Sprinkle them with the salt and pepper, and sauté the vegetables for 10 minutes, stirring often.
Stir in the garlic, the spices and sugar. Cook until the spices are fragrant, but no more than a minute.
Pour the vinegar into the pan and boil it down as you scrape up any brown glaze from the bottom of the pan. When there is no liquid left, stir in the broth or water, and the tomatoes and their juice, crushing them with your hands as they go into the pan. The vegetables should be barely covered with liquid. Add a little water if necessary.
Bring the liquid to a gentle simmer, cover the pan, and cook for 10 minutes (check often for sticking), or until the carrots are barely tender. Uncover the pan and turn up the heat so the liquid is at a fast bubble. Cook off the excess liquid, stirring the stew often to protect the vegetables from burning. You want the sauce to be thick and rich tasting with a sweet-tart balance.
Add more sugar, vinegar, salt and/or pepper as needed.
Serve the stew hot, at room temperature, or reheated.