Basil is probably one of the most widely used herbs. From traditional Italian pesto sauce Thai dishes basil is found in many cuisines around the world. Basil can be purchased in most grocery stores. The common variety is green but there are many variations including purple (See Thai Basil) Use in sauces, and stir fries, salads, pestos.
Dried basil lacks the flavor and character of fresh basil. You are better off selecting another fresh herb or just leave the basil out, or select a different recipe.